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Culpeper's Medicine


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Introduction to the New Edition. Part 1. A Student of Physick and Astrology: The Life and Death of Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654). Part 2. Western Holistic Medicine. Section 1. The Seven Natural Things and the Constitutional Basis of Medicine. Section 2. The Preservation of Health and the Prevention of Disease. Part 3. As Above, So Below: Astrology, Medicine and Hermetic Philosophy. Part 4. The English Physician: Herbal Medicine and Therapeutics. Appendices. The Natal Horoscope of Nicholas Culpeper. The Horoscope of 1651. Notes. Glossary. Useful Addresses. Index.

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The life and work of Nicholas Culpeper, the 17th-century herbalist, apothecary and astrologer, updated to be useful to the modern practitioner

About the Author

Graeme has been a practising medical herbalist for over 20 years, including two years working for the NHS. He is currently the Course Leader on the Herbal Medicine degree at the University of Central Lancashire and is an external clinical examiner for other herbal training programmes in the UK. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Herbal Medicine and lectures internationally. Graeme lives in Lancashire, UK.


Sixteen years after publication of the first edition, this book remains almost unique in its field. It is an essential text for all those interested in the epistemology of Western herbal-ism. Many readers may not be ready to accompany Tobyn all the way into medical astrology. Nevertheless, this new edition will inspire others with its mission of interpreting historical Western medical practice for modern practitioners. -- Journal of Herbal Medicine
This book presents an invaluable account of the principles and practice of the renowned 17th century herbalist and astrologer Nicolas Culpeper. Graeme Tobyn has masterfully encapsulated and interpreted the philosophies and empirical knowledge preserved within Culpeper's writings which are still highly relevant to modern herbalism. Whether you are a scholar of herbal medicine or are just interested in herbs or traditional medical practice, this book is a must read. -- Dr Julie Whitehouse, Principal Lecturer of Herbal Medicine, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster
The book contains a depth of information and wisdom that makes it a minefield of forgotten knowledge... There are tables and illustrations of astrological charts an photographs. The writing style and font is easy to read and the topics are organised into clear sections... The author, Graeme Tobyn (...) has been practicing medical herbalist for over two decades. he lectures internationally and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Herbal Medicine.... the book traces the development of the Western holistic medical tradition from its origins... Overall, this book provides a useful source for those practitioners of herbal medicine, astrology and homeopathy who have the curiosity to seek a deeper understanding of their patients. -- Myriam Shivadikar MARH * Homeopathy in practice *

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