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COOKE, Thomas

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

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Thomas COOKE

Biography

Name Thomas COOKE
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical surgeon (Surgeon. Surgeon's servant. BSC 1625-37. ?Author of treatise 1665?)
Period of medical practice 1621-1649
Address Fetter Lane 1632.
Other notes In trouble 4 Feb 1631, 27 May 1631, 9 July 1631; informed on TRIGG, 23 Sep 1631, 14 Oct 1631; in trouble 7 Dec 1632, 25 Nov 1637 (LEVERETT, qv), 1-2 March 1639. NOT = 184 Thomas Cooke, apothecary.

Known London address

Fetterlane
Ward Faringdon Without
Date 1632

Censorial hearings

4 Feb 1631
Entry C, a surgeon, admitted giving a few medicaments to some poor people and said that he'd learnt the medical art from Mr Mullins his master.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Warned to abstain and promised to do so. Dismissed.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Warned to abstain and promised to do so
27 May 1631
Entry Dr Winston complained that C had salivated a plumber's wife, causing death.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken C to be summoned to the next Comitia.
Number of crimes 1
9 July 1631
Entry C was charged with killing the wife of Mr Gounde, a Scottish plumber of Shoe Lane. In Dec 1630 he had given her drinks and turbinth pills, but she became severely constipated and summoned Dr Winston, who injected a clyster. C, furious, abandoned her treatment. In May 1631 C resumed treatment and gave her mercury pills, which killed her in four days. C confessed.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Fined £5 and sent to prison. Paid 40s. and was released.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £5 and imprisoned
Number of crimes 1
23 Sep 1631
Entry C informed on TRIGGE 746 (qv) for giving physic to Mrs. Barnabye.
Attitude of the accused informed on other practitioners
Action taken See TRIGGE 746.
14 Oct 1631
Entry C informed on TRIGGE 746 (qv) - case of Mrs. Barnabye.
Attitude of the accused informed on other practitioners
Action taken See TRIGGE 746.
7 Dec 1632
Entry C, of Fetter Lane, was accused of giving mercury pills to one Mr. Jackson (2 oz. praecipitati, 13 gr. lapidis bezoar, boli orientalis et gummi ?guraci ana E 2 mithridati). C admitted that his man gave the pills by his direction.
Action taken C craved pardon and promised not to offend again & was dismissed.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Dismissed on his promise to abstain in future
Number of crimes 1
25 Nov 1637
Entry As part of the Leverett case, Robert Monday, aged about 8, was examined, as were his parents (Richard & Elizabeth). He had had a sore under his left arm which 'Cooke a surgeon' had treated with a salve for 1 year or more. It had seemd to heal, but then broke open again. L was called in and cured it by touching, &c.
Action taken None.
Number of crimes 1
1 March 1639
Entry C was questioned on the death from flux of the Countess of Bohun, to whom he had given cassia, manna and mercurius dulcis. He was told to confess to malpractice on Lady Knevett (?also).
Action taken C to give bond of £100 not to flux by mercury in future. SEE NEXT.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Bond for £100 not to use mercury in future. To apologise to Lady K
Number of crimes 2
2 March 1639
Entry C had been required by the College to acknowledge his ill practice to Lady Knevett and bring back proof that he had done so. He now brought a letter from Lady K, saying that he had made submission to her 'fully and freely ... with much sorrowe', that she had forgiven him, and requested his release.
Action taken ?Released.
Number of crimes 1