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Anatomy of a case


This is a typical page from the casebooks, annotated to represent the ways in which we have classified its content for editorial purposes. Section A represents the question (including various personal details about the patient). Section B represents a chart of the heavens at the time the question was asked. Section C represents the judgment (the astrologer’s analysis of the case, based primarily on his reading of the chart), and section D represents further information, in this case including a proposed treatment and the astrologer’s decision not to charge for it.

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Cite this as: Lauren Kassell, Michael Hawkins, Robert Ralley, and John Young, ‘Anatomy of a case’, A Critical Introduction to the Casebooks of Simon Forman and Richard Napier, 1596–1634,, accessed 23 April 2024.