A digital edition of Simon Forman’s & Richard Napier’s medical records 1596–1634
The Casebooks Project is directed by Lauren Kassell. She conceived it and, with the help of the other staff, wrote the grant application which secured the funding. She manages the project and takes the lead in establishing editorial policies, drafting the website and linking the cases. As Technical Director and Senior Research Associate, Michael Hawkins is responsible for all the technical aspects of the project, including the establishment of the encoding guidelines, the development of the search function, the design of the website and the management of digital assets. The Research Associates, Robert Ralley and John Young, work in tandem to transcribe and edit the casebooks. Writing the material for this website has been a team effort. Ralley is independently transcribing and editing Forman’s guides to astrology. Young is principal author of the project’s transcription guidelines. Mike Webb, Head of Cataloguing Western Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, has acted as liaison officer for this project in Oxford.
Lauren Kassell is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Her first book was a study of Simon Forman: Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London: Simon Forman, Astrologer, Alchemist, and Physician (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005). She has published a series of articles on the histories of medicine, astrology, alchemy, and magic in early modern England, and is writing a book on magical practitioners, contracted with Yale University Press. She is also a co-applicant on a major project on Generation to Reproduction, funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award 2009–14.
The Technical Director of the project is Dr Michael Hawkins. Since completing his PhD on Thomas Willis’s neurocartography of the passions in 2004 at the Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College, London, he has served as Technical Director of the Newton Project and Enlightening Science (both at the University of Sussex) and Livingstone Online at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. In addition to his duties for the Casebooks Project, Hawkins is the Technical Director of the British Living Standards Project (Sussex), the Newton Project (Sussex) and most recently Project Manager of Windows on Genius (University of Sussex, Cambridge University Library).
Robert Ralley wrote a PhD dissertation on clerical physicians in fifteenth-century England (Cambridge, 2005) and has since published on the history of medicine, astrology and magic. In 2010 he edited, with Lauren Kassell, ‘Stars, Spirits, Signs: Astrology 1100–1800’, a special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 40: 67–168. Before working for The Casebooks Project, he held a Wellcome Research Fellowship, focussing on ‘Medical Times in Late Medieval England’.
John Young took a PhD in history at Sheffield University, where he worked as a transcriber on the Hartlib Papers and John Foxe projects. From 2000 to 2010 he was Transcription and Tagging Manager for the Newton Project, for which he continues to work one day a week. He is the author of Faith, Medical Alchemy and Natural Philosophy: Johann Moriaen, Reformed Intelligencer, and the Hartlib Circle (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998), and co-compiler of the Newton Manuscripts Catalogue.
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