Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London Simon Forman: Astrologer, Alchemis…



Simon Forman (1552-1611) is one of London’s most infamous astrologers. He stood apart from the medical elite because he was not formally educated and because he represented, and boldly asserted, medical ideas that were antithetical to those held by most learned physicians. He survived the plague, was consulted thousands of times a year for medical and other questions, distilled strong waters made from beer, herbs, and sometimes chemical ingredients, pursued the philosopher’s stone in…

Madness: A Brief History



This fascinating story of madness reveals the radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day.

Roy Porter explores what we really mean by ‘madness’, covering an enormous range of topics from witches to creative geniuses, electric shock therapy to sexual deviancy, psychoanalysis to prozac.

The origins of current debates about how we define and deal with insanity are examined through eyewitness…

The Illustrated College Herbal: Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of…



The book celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians, and the 400th Anniversary of the College’s “Pharmacopoea Londinensis” – the first pharmacopoeia to be mandatory for a whole country. This book contains specially commissioned paintings and drawings, and late medieval woodcuts, of nearly 200 plants growing in the Medicinal Garden of the College which were ingredients in the College’s Pharmacopoea of 1618. Their contemporary uses are given from the publications of…