DEE, Arthur

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

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Arthur DEE


Name Arthur DEE
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical physician (MD) (Physician to Queen Anne 1615. Physician to Russia 1621. Physician Extraordinary 1635)
Period of medical practice 1606-1641
Place of birth London (Son of Dr John Dee)
Date of birth before 1590
Date of death after 1641
Address Elephant & Castle, Fleet Conduit 1611. Russia 1621.
Other notes Advertised multi-cure 1606 - College dubious. Forbidden to practise 1612-15 (we originally thought this was his father). Friend of DE MAYERNE 217.

Known London address

Elephant & Castle, Fleet Conduit
Parish St Bride Fleet Street
Ward Faringdon Without
Date 1611

Censorial hearings

4 April 1606
Entry D had advertised a multi-cure which 'savoured of trickery'. But the College had had insufficient time to prepare its case.
Action taken Case held over.
Verdict case not completed
16 Oct 1612
Entry President (MOUNDEFORD) made a list of 10 illicitly practising MDs, and selected 4 for indictment, including D who was MD of a foreign university. See also AIRE 9, ANTHONY 19, BARKER 52.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken To be indicted.
Verdict guilty
Sentence To be indicted
13 Jan 1615
Entry D denied failing to answer the College's summons. Asked what authority he had to practise, he replied that 'medicine was his profession and that as he could make a business out of it, he ought to follow it'. He claimed that the College connived at others, e.g. Dr Moore, Dr Turner.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused defiant
Action taken Ordered to refrain from practice. Shown mercy because of his family
3 Feb 1615
Entry D showed letters patent from University of Basle, 4 May 1609, within a month of his previous appearance.
Action taken ?
6 May 1615
Entry D claimed that he practised medicine by royal prerogative.
Attitude of the accused made an excuse
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken Dismissed.
Verdict case not completed