BRIGGS, Richard

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

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Richard BRIGGS


Name Richard BRIGGS
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical physician (Practitioner of physic)
Period of medical practice 1595-1612
Address Cambridge(shire) c. 1600-2
Other notes Denied practising in London 1600. In trouble 1601 1602. Med Lic Cantab 1600.

Censorial hearings

17 March 1600
Entry B appeared and refuted the rumour that he had practised in London.
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken Deferred till next.
Verdict case not completed
4 Sep 1601
Entry B admitted practice, 'but not without the help of either Dr Fryer or Dr Turner, &c.'. Admitted to prescribing a medicine (produced) wch was unskilfully contrived and contained all kinds of strange drugs in superfluous quantity. Also confessed to having used this medicine often in the illness of a certain knight.
Action taken Decided to imprison him.
Verdict guilty
Sentence To be imprisoned
Number of crimes 1
6 Aug 1602
Entry B confessed to practising for 7 years, & 'declared that he had cured many suffering from the most dangerous diseases. He used these Pharmacopoeias: Parsons, Snoden and Shepherd and all these contained, as he said, many schedules or bills prescribed by him.' Sent to Wood Street prison while his case was considered. Frankly confessed, promised to abstain in future and frequently sued for mercy & favour.
Action taken Imprisoned, but released within 3 days without punishment or fine.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Imprisoned, but released within 3 days without punishment or fine