Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654), Author of works on medicine, herbalism and astrology
Mid 17th Century
Nicholas Culpeper went to Cambridge University where he studied the old medical writers and gained a good understanding of Latin and Greek. After being apprenticed to an apothecary for a while in Bishopsgate in London he set up his own business as an astrologer and physician in Spitalfields in 1640. During the Civil War Culpeper was on the side of the parliamentarians and may well have been wounded in the chest. His medical practise thrived and he became a well respected eastender. In 1649 he published an English translation of the College of Physicians 'Pharmacopoeia', which caused a furore amongst the establishment. Further publications followed, increasing his reputation as a trespasser on a terrain occupied by recognised medical writers. Culpeper died of consumption aged only 38, brought on by the pressures of work.
Nicholas Culpeper (b.1616, d.1654); Herbalism; Astrology; Medicine; Portraits