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The story of Simon Forman is strange, to say the least. As an amateur astrological physician, Forman divined knowledge from the positions of the stars to diagnose and prescribe for all manner of pain: from broken hearts to indigestion. He even built a thriving practice offering his astrological health services, with treatments like bloodletting being given according to planetary positions.

Oddly enough, Forman even accurately predicted his own death. In September 1611, he told his wife he would die the following Thursday night. And, sure enough, after taking a boat out onto the River Thames, Forman collapsed from a heart attack. Five years later, Simon Forman was implicated in the murder of English poet Thomas Overbury, who had been given poison by one of Forman’s patients.

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