Dr Simon Forman, a most notorious physicianBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7363.551/a (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:551
- Druin Burch, medical senior house officer (email@example.com)
- Horton Hospital, Banbury
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Born on the last day of 1552, Simon Forman worked his way up, without the benefit of much formal education, to become a successful and well known London physician. His physic was a blend of astrology, botched anatomy, and physiology, and a polypharmacy, which from a modern perspective seems a hopeful cross between herbalism and witchcraft.
Hardworking, earnest about his profession, and astute in his practice, he was …