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The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: A Horrible and True Story of Football, Witchcraft, Murder and the King of England

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7259.516 (Published 19 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:516
  1. Jeanette Cayley, senior clinical medical officer
  1. Featherstone Road Clinic, Southall

    James Sharpe


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    Profile Books, £16.99, pp 256

    ISBN: 186197048X

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    Some eminent 17th century doctors gathered at the bedside of Anne Gunter. They included the regius professor of medicine at Oxford and John Hall, almost certainly the Dr Hall who married Shakespeare's daughter. All were agreed that the bizarre fits from which Anne suffered could not be due to illness but must have some supernatural cause. Other physicians who examined Anne later, notably the famous Edward Jorden, were sceptical. The matter was eventually brought before King James I himself. …

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