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Dr. Thomas MounfordA man from London, who serves as the second physician of Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl mysteriously afflicted with fits after being cursed by the old woman, Elizabeth Jackson. Dr. Mounford takes over Dr. Shereman in the caretaking of Mary Glover early in her fits, after Dr. Shereman proved unable to cure or identify Mary Glover's illness, instead stating "that som cause beyond naturall was in it." The parents of Mary Glover then seek Dr. Mounford, who treated the girl for "the space of almost three monthes." Dr. Thomas Mounford was a very distinguished doctor, "seven times President of the College of Physicians, and an expert on melancholy, which was another natural disease widely believed like hysteria to produce apparently supernatural symptoms." However, Dr. Mounford is also unable to identify the cause of Mary Glover's illness, or to cure it. He concludes that the disease is not hysteria, but another natural illness, which he cannot identify. This differing opinion from Dr. Shereman began a "division of medical opinion," that lasted throughout the rest of Mary Glover's case. However, interestingly enough, on November 13, 1602, Dr. Mounford is among the doctors that Elizabeth Jackson petitions the College to confront. However, Dr. Mounford is away during that time, and unable to account for his alleged accusations against the old woman.(Fol. 5v - Fol. 6r)After eightene daies her difficulties of swallowing removed and thenceforth for manie daies she tooke her sustenance freely, but now her belly was swelled and shewed in it, and in the brest, certaine movings, often in the day, with fitts of dumnes, blyndnes and deformed swelling of the throte. At the sight of which Doctor Shereman suspected som supernaturall cause to be present, yet because he was desirous, to cleere the point touching hystericall passions, which might be suspected, he applied himselfe thenceforth to cure the Mother of all those affects, that might raise such symptomes; but all being prooved in vaine, he pronounced and was plainely of that minde, that som cause beyond naturall was in it. Henceforth Doctor Mounford was used [Fol. 6r] who ministered unto her the space almost of three monthes.()