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CASE53528: Horary consultation concerning Mr Edward Birckberd (PERSON44197)

Question asked by the patient on 3 February 1622 at 10:00

RW Mr Edward Birckberd of Astwell \y. 50./ d. . h 10. Feb: 3. 1622. had of late a swellinge in his thighes & leggs, wch was taken away by physicke purginge: since that his stomacke is gone: is verie weake: troubled wth a cough & drouth: cannot sleepe. RN a great difficulty of breath./ cānot rise out of his bed nor stand v nor restRW

[Astrological Chart]

RN Edw. Birckberd a spec serv vnto Sr George Sherly Mr Colins houshold physition.

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 231, f. 176v (bottom left, and bottom right parts of page)

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CASE44139: Horary consultation concerning Susan Jennings (PERSON32111)

Question asked by the patient on 7 December 1616 at 16:30

RN Susan Iennings of weston vnderwood 52 y decēb. 7 h {sic} hor 4. 30 p m 16i6 a great wen vnder her left eare wch the kings physit call the kings evill very hot pricking sinc the last yere begynning wth a kernell

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 198, f. 34r (upper right part of page)

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CASE70260: Horary consultation concerning Mr Clopton (PERSON46369)

Question asked by the patient on 17 March 1630 at 21:00

U[1624–34] Mr. Rous Clopton of Corp. Chri Coll. Oxon 35. y. Mart. 17. . h. 9. p. m. 1630

[Astrological Chart]

A greiuous Headache takes him at Midnight sometimes in one te of ye head & sometimes in ye other te, but especially in ye left side of his heade, wch makes ye places outwardly sore where ye paine hath beene.1

A continually Noyse in his head wth a tearinge paine as yf it would pull one skyn from another, wch comes sometimes suddenly like a strech, & then is gone in an instant

A dizines in ye heade & a leapinge, as it were of blacke mothes before his Eyes

This paine hath continued these 6 weekes,

Desires to knowe whether it ceeds from ye stomack or spleene, from a cold or{illeg} hote cause

Hath beene let Bloud in ye right arme, & vnder the tongue, & in ye forehead, beeinge tolde by the Physitian ythis greife was caused by fullnes of Bloud

Hath taken Pills & Electuaryes sundry times, but his paine noethinge deminished

Hath for many years beene troubled wth a soundinge & noyse in his head, but neuer wth paine till nowe Feareth a Disposition to the Palsye or Apoplexye Desires Receits & Directions to preuent these two capitall Dangers.


1 ‘Extreame Headache’ in chart

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 194, p. 177 (upper left part of page)

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CASE44304: Decumbiture for Mrs Colubery Mayne (PERSON33157)

Question asked by the patient on 12 February 1617 at 10:45

RN It begā on sunday last was senet in ye morning rising vp into her breast causing her to raspe wynd very mutch & swou{ndeth} wth her it. feb. 2. h. 7. ant m 1617.

[Astrological Chart]

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 198, f. 64v (middle, bottom left, and bottom right parts of page)

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CASE62505: Horary consultation concerning Mrs Ursula Beck (PERSON43897)

Question asked by Mr Slatter (PERSON58876) on 31 May 1626 at 09:45

RN Mr Slatter \physition/ for mres Beake \of haddenham/ sick of this malig feaver 10 days may 20 in the night after her first sleepe may \but/ sent to me may 31. h. 9. 45 ant m 1626 /22. y. mayed {sic} 5. yers no child\1

[Astrological Chart]


1febr malig’ in chart

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 224, f. 232r (upper left, and bottom right parts of page)

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CASE68313: Horary consultation concerning Emmanuel Scrope [First Earl of Sunderland, Lord President of York] [Lord Scrope] (PERSON58391)

Question asked by the patient on 28 April 1629 at 20:00

RN My Honourable Lord of Sunderland. 45 y Ap. 28: h. 8 p m. 1629.

[Astrological Chart]

my lords loosenes increaseth cōplayneth of his physition of a flat mountebancke craveth my consayle wheather he shall recoaver of his loosenes wch hath so sorely weakned him

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 407, f. 166v (upper left, and upper right parts of page)

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CASE52428: Horary consultation concerning Mr William Nichols (PERSON55467)

Question asked by the patient on 9 May 1621 at 18:20

RN Mr Wil Nichol{s} Iudg Nichols his brother may 9 h 6: 20 p m. 162i /a dangerous long cure\

[Astrological Chart]

my opinon {sic} touching Mr mathias a {sic} \the/ g{illeg}{sic} a surg & physit

Mr More a surg br{ought} vp by thi{s} an Issue thorough the Inward t fleshy of the neck of the bladder.

wheathr it be a sore or an vlcer.

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 233, f. 135v (upper right part of page)

Cite this as: Lauren Kassell, Michael Hawkins, Robert Ralley, John Young, Joanne Edge, Janet Yvonne Martin-Portugues, and Natalie Kaoukji (eds.), The casebooks of Simon Forman and Richard Napier, 1596–1634: a digital edition,;f2-question-asked=Medical%3A%3ASymptoms%20%28specified%29, accessed 29 February 2020.