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

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Gender Male
Primary occupation medical surgeon (Surgeon. BSC 1606-33. Warden BSC 1628-32)
Period of medical practice 1598-1637
Other notes Trouble 1608-27. See Bloom & James.

Censorial hearings

5 Feb 1608
Entry D was summoned for the first time.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken D was summoned for the first time.
19 Feb 1608
Entry D, a surgeon, was accused by Mr. Flud, an attorney, of making an agreement to cure F's wife for £20. D had had the money but had not cured her: after a month or two she relapsed into madness, and was still mad. As D acknowledged his fault and it was his first offence, he received merciful treatment: a fine of 40s. and a warning not to intrude into medical affairs in the future.
Initiator of the complaint spouse of the patient
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Fined 40s. and warned to abstain in future.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined 40s. and warned to abstain in future
9 Nov 1610
Entry D appeared.
Action taken See E.
Sentence ?
1 Sep 1615
Entry Dr Argent and Mr Blackabee 'cancelled' the charge against D, who did not attend because he was sick.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Second initiator of the complaint spouse of the patient
Action taken Held over to next meeting.
8 Sep 1615
Entry D was charged with having killed the wife of Mr Blackabee, brassworker, in childbirth. Mrs Coxford, midwife, corroborated. D had received a fee of £5 for his services.
Initiator of the complaint spouse of the patient
Second initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Action taken D was told to return the £5 and forbidden midwifery on bond of £200
Verdict guilty
Sentence To return patient's fee. Bond of £200 to abstain
Number of crimes 1
7 Dec 1627
Entry D appeared and cleared himself of the charge of treating Mr Grimes, Mr Payne and Captain Linne.
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken Dismissed.
Verdict innocent
Number of crimes 3