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Dr Simon Forman, a most notorious physician

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:551
  1. Druin Burch, medical senior house officer (
  1. Horton Hospital, Banbury

    Judith Cook

    Vintage, £7.99, pp 228

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    ISBN 0 09 928962 8

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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 …

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