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DICKMAN, Henry

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Henry DICKMAN

Biography

Name Henry DICKMAN
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical apothecary (Apothecary's servant 1607. SA c 1617)
Period of medical practice 1597-1657
Date of death 13 Oct 1657
Address Newgate Market 1607. Aldermanbury 1640
Other notes In trouble 1607-39 but usually acquitted. ?Brother John also apothecary?

Known London address

Newgate Market
Parish Christ Church Newgate Street [incl St Audoen 1547; St Nicholas in the Shambles, 1547; part of St Sepulchre's, 1567]
Ward Faringdon Within
Date 1607
Aldermanbury
Parish St Mary Aldermanbury
Ward Cripplegate (Within & Without)
Date 1640

Censorial hearings

4 Sep 1607
Entry D, servant to John SMITH 683 (qv), apothecary of Newgate Market, was charged by William Draper of St Bart-the-Less, and by Elizabeth Norton, housekeeper to Mr Willoughby of St Bart-the-Greater, of treating John Hasledowne & causing his death by bowel flux. SMITH appeared and made 'ridiculous' excuses.
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
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken SMITH to bring D to the next meeting.
Number of crimes 1
13 June 1634
Entry Mr Cooper complained of D, but D had Dr Clement's instructions.
Action taken Vindicated.
Verdict innocent
Number of crimes 1
3 May 1639
Entry Martha Willis accused D of treating her son John Willis.
Initiator of the complaint relative of the patient
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken D to appear. See next.
Number of crimes 1
6 May 1639
Entry Mrs Willis, Anne Belamy and Sara Cowley accused D of treating John Willis unsuccessfully for ague. D was also charged with treating Mr Barker for a boil under his chin, for £20 - but the details were confused - D produced a prescription from Dr Hinton. College passed it by if the plaintiffs & D could come to an agreement.
Initiator of the complaint relative of the patient
Second initiator of the complaint friend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Third initiator of the complaint friend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action taken Settled out of court (?).
Verdict case not completed
Number of crimes 2
9 Oct 1607
Entry SMITH & D appeared. S claimed that they sold only 'conserve of roses and wild plums'. The Lord Mayor had received the conserve and a red powder by John Ely.
Action taken No punishment. Ordered to bring the conserves to next meeting.
Verdict case not completed
4 May 1610
Entry D and SMITH were charged by Dr Goulston and failed to appear.
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Failed to appear.
1 June 1610
Entry The case brought by the informer Gulson against Henry Dickman was heard by them in the presence of his master: the discussion split into opposing groups until at length by a decision of the President, the whole dispute was broken off. (see Book of Examinations page 10b.)
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Action taken ?None
Verdict case not completed
20 Nov 1612
Entry Dr Clement said that D had prescribed a purge. SMITH said that it was tabulas stibiatas, which he sold as did all apothecaries, and provided for Mr Noble, a country practitioner.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken See next.
Number of crimes 1
4 Dec 1612
Entry D appeared and denied Dr Clement's charges. He was warned to give antimony tablets only on prescription. Dr Goulston said that he had heard D offer flowers of sulphur for a cold.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Second initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken Case postponed. Warned to give medicines only on prescription.
Verdict not proven
Number of crimes 2
9 April 1629
Entry Mr Bale complained that D had treated his wife, Anna Bale, for 20s., and had cut her vein. They had previously used Dr Yelverton. D had Yelverton's recipe and confessed to obtain a pardon.
Initiator of the complaint spouse of the patient
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken ?D was pardoned.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Pardoned
Number of crimes 1
5 Feb 1630
Entry D was accused by Frederick Porter. Mr Seman, an attorney of Bow Lane, had recommended D to Porter. D had said that Porter had French pox, and had given him 3 mineral pills, wch caused delirium and mouth ulcers, and then a dietetic drink, and had charged £4. D said the pills were turbinth, ordered by Edward Harris of Smithfield (surgeon) & approved by BUTLER 135 (qv).
Initiator of the complaint patient
Action taken Harris & Seman to be summoned when Goulston & Meverall were present
Number of crimes 1
5 March 1630
Entry D, Porter, Harris, Seman & his wife appeared, nurse, maid. Dr Goulston & Dr Meverall thought that Porter had surf (?) & scabies, not pox. Harris confessed to supplying pills, but for no fee, & denied prescribing them. Butler sent a statement undertaking the treatment. Seman said P had had little improvement from Meverall's medicine. Nurse had taken Butler a urine sample. B had sold P's maid Mary Clarke a potion as protection from the pox. Coll gave P a letter testifying he had no pox. P to prosecute Seman for saying he had.
Initiator of the complaint patient
Second initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Third initiator of the complaint friend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action taken D was fined £3 but 10s. was remitted because of his poverty.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £3, reduced to £2 10s. because of his poverty
Number of crimes 1