Casebooks Project

What is my disease? Am I pregnant? Will I die? These are the sorts of questions that thousands of people asked Simon Forman and Richard Napier, two of the most popular astrologers in early modern England. Through four busy decades, Forman and Napier recorded approximately 85,000 consultations. Their casebooks are probably the richest surviving records of medical practice before 1700. They provide a unique view of the lives of ordinary — and extraordinary — people four centuries ago.

Our freely available electronic edition combines sophisticated editorial expertise and cutting-edge digital humanities to make these records accessible as never before, allowing you to browse and search the casebooks.

See also a selection of several hundred fully transcribed cases from the casebooks.