Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database. Originally published by Centre for Metropolitan History, London, 2004.

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Gender Male
Primary occupation medical surgeon (Surgeon 1602 1609)
Period of medical practice 1592-1619
Other notes Trouble 1602 1609. Details in the Book of Examinations (now lost).

Censorial hearings

31 Jan 1603
Entry 'John Actour appeared on a charge of practising: he confessed that he had practised medicine but thought that he could do so as he was a surgeon: he had prescribed for the daughter of Mr. Lloyd a mixture of Hamech up to vj Z : he had given Diatragacanthum frigidum to the son of Paul Kobacchus for whom he had prescribed a purgative medicine. Mr. Spence, serving with the armed forces, came to intercede on his behalf and claimed that he had cured many people. But having been fined five marks, he was again cast into Prison.'
Attitude of the accused confessed
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken Fined 5 marks and `again cast into Prison'.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined 5 marks and again cast into Prison
1 Dec 1609
Entry 'appeared, summoned there as appears in the Book of Examination ... John Actor, convicted of illicit and unskilful practice: he was imprisoned and fined five marks, of which five shillings was for the accusor, five for the parish, 3s. 4d. for the Bedell, 3s. 4d. for the Constables and 50s. for the College.'
Action taken Fined 5 marks and imprisoned (see BOOK OF EXAMINATION).
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined 5 marks and imprisoned
22 Dec 1638
Entry 'John Actor of Windsor appeared, shewes his letters of licence dated 8 September 1634. He was brought by a warrant vnder the hand of Secretary Windebanck directed to John Penyall.' He showed, by mistake, a copy of a petition to the Archbishop of Canterbury against the College. 'Mr. Price laboured of a tertian ague: this Actor gave him a medicine compounded of Confect. Alkermes, syrupe of papaveris erratici e succo citrij et laudano Paracelsi. This Price died within 5 or 6 howres after.'
Attitude of the accused made an excuse
Action taken A to return on Friday 11th January with his recipe & apothecary.
11 Jan 1639
Entry 'A letter was brought to the President from Dr. Betune in excuse of Actors not appearing in the Colledge at the time appointed him.'
Attitude of the accused absent
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken ?Deferred.
Verdict case not completed