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BUCK, Paul

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

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Paul BUCK

Biography

Name Paul BUCK
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical physician (Goldsmith. Practitioner of physic.)
Period of medical practice 1583-1627
Place of birth England (Englishman)
Date of birth before 1569
Address Blackfriars till 1592. St Andrew in the Wardrobe 1604.
Other notes Trouble 1589-1617. Supported by Walsingham, Howard & Essex. Paracelsian. See DE LAUNE - lived at Blackfriars.

Known London address

Round House, Blackfriars
Parish St Anne Blackfriars
Ward Faringdon Within
Date 1589-92
St Andrew in the Wardrobe
Parish St Andrew by the Wardrobe (Castle Baynard)
Ward Castle Baynard
Date 1604

Censorial hearings

6 June 1589
Entry B, 'an ignorant fellow and renowned for his boldness', appeared. He confessed that he was uneducated, but said that he could cure all diseases & had practised successfully in the City for 6 years (by purgatives & correct diet). He had read Paracelsus & Erasmus ('medical books'). Asked what inflammation was (said, 'a gradual increase of certain swellings and humours'); asked what the King's disease was, said it was 'an alteration of the blood in melancholy and phlegm'.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Fined £10 and imprisoned for bad and illegal practice.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £10 and imprisoned
22 Dec 1592
Entry B appeared & confessed to practising for more than 6 years.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Forbidden to practise & ordered to reappear.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Forbidden to practise. [To be prosecuted at law.]
25 June 1593
Entry Charles, Lord Howard, the Lord High Admiral, had written a letter (dated 29 May 1593) on B's behalf. College drafted a reply (2 July 1593). For contents of both letters, see Goodall pp. 329-330.
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken Reply sent to Howard.
25 March 1594
Entry Despite letters, College decided not to grant B a licence.
Attitude of the accused asked for College membership
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken Refused a licence.
3 July 1596
Entry B was summoned, and appeared. He denied practising in anything but trivial cases.
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken Ordered to reappear. See next.
14 Oct 1596
Entry Appeared and confessed to practice, but only in minor cases.
Action taken Fined £5.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £5
7 March 1600
Entry Appeared.
Action taken Fined £3 & warned to pay a portion of it in the near future.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £3 and warned to pay part of it in the near future
4 May 1603
Entry B confessed to practising.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Fined £5 (reduced on petition to 5 marks) and imprisoned.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £5 and imprisoned
19 July 1605
Entry B promised to pay fine of 5 marks for bad practice.
Attitude of the accused submitted to the College
Action taken To pay previous fine of 5 marks.
3 July 1607
Entry B was summoned but failed to appear.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken See next.
7 Aug 1607
Entry B appeared and was accused of treating Mr Vermingham (rumoured to be dead). Alleged to have diagnosed a weakness of the stomach caused by overeating & to have used an 'ointment with mercury'.
Action taken Fined £5 and imprisoned till he paid it.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £5 and imprisoned till he paid it.
Number of crimes 1
25 June 1589
Entry B had been released from prison. President & 2 Censors to find out why from the Mayor. If the answer was unsatisfactory, an action would be brought against Blunt, the keeper of the Wood Street prison.
Action taken See next.
6 Oct 1609
Entry B did not appear.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
9 Feb 1610
Entry B did not appear.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
4 June 1613
Entry Dr Herring charged B with treating Tayler, a draper of Fleet Street.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken College decided to summon B to answer this charge.
Verdict case not completed
Number of crimes 1
10 Jan 1617
Entry Henry Foster, shoemaker, his wife and his neighbour presented a petition against B.
Initiator of the complaint person unconnected with the patient or the case
Second initiator of the complaint person unconnected with the patient or the case
Third initiator of the complaint person unconnected with the patient or the case
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken B to be summoned.
Number of crimes 1
7 Feb 1617
Entry Richard Foster complained about B.
Initiator of the complaint person unconnected with the patient or the case
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken B to be summoned.
Verdict case not completed
Number of crimes 1
2 July 1589
Entry B, a goldsmith of Blackfriars, was summoned and ordered not to practise medicine because he was ignorant and had no knowledge of the craft. He refused to stop, or to give a bond - said he wd continue, on his own authority, & wd always be ready to give thoughtful care & attention to any in need. The College found him insolent.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused defiant
Action taken Re-imprisoned in Wood Street prison until he shd decide to repent.
5 Dec 1589
Entry Summoned.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Summoned. See next.
18 Dec 1589
Entry Christopher Hardy, shoemaker & servant of John Langley of Southwark, complained that he had paid B money to restore him to health, but that B had given him no medicine.
Initiator of the complaint patient
Action taken ?Imprisoned
Verdict guilty
Sentence Imprisoned
Number of crimes 1
30 Jan 1590
Entry B, a goldsmith who had been imprisoned for wrongful practice, was summoned before the President & Censors. He refused to appear. He had apparently undertaken to cure Hardy of pains in his joints and had been paid £1 and promised 40s. more.
Action taken ?See next.
Number of crimes 1
16 Feb 1590
Entry Letter was received from Walsingham on B's behalf. College drafted a reply. For contents of both letters, see Goodall pp. 327-8. President & James took reply to Walsingham, who promised to leave the affair to the College. College Beadle summoned B from prison. He wd have been treated mercifully out of respect for W, but he refused to come.
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken College to inform W of B's obstinacy.
8 May 1590
Entry B had been freed by the Warden of the Counter, without authority. College to complain to the City Recorder & to Mr Daniel, & to take legal action against the Keeper of the Counter.
Action taken ?
5 Nov 1591
Entry B was summoned.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Summoned.
Verdict case not completed