DUVAL, Simon

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 physician (Practitioner of physic. Domestic servant)
Period of medical practice 1610-1637
Place of birth Frenchman
Date of death 1637
Address St Anne Blackfriars 1637 (will)
Other notes Trouble 1620-32. Vouched for by French ambassador 1620.

Known London address

St Anne Blackfriars
Parish St Anne Blackfriars
Ward Faringdon Within
Date 1637

Censorial hearings

24 Jan 1620
Entry There had been complaints about D, a Frenchman. The French ambassador had promised the President (Dr Moundeford), Dr Argent and Dr Delaune that D would answer their summons. However, he had not.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Did not appear.
Verdict guilty
Sentence [To be prosecuted at law]
27 Jan 1620
Entry The French ambassador asked the College to give up its lawsuit against the domestic servant D.
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken ?
3 March 1620
Entry Mr Thayer, of whose case the College had been informed by the Lord Mayor, said that D had treated his eyes for three weeks, and that they had got worse. He had then gone to BONSCIO 103 (qv), who had promised a cure in 14 days but had effected none in 6 weeks. B had charged 33s. 4d. Dr JAQUINTO 431 (qv; enemy of B) had then told T that B was a Jew, so T 'dares deale no more with him'.
Initiator of the complaint patient
Action taken ? [The President settled the lawsuit, but prob. T's against B (?)]
Number of crimes 1
7 July 1626
Entry D had practised for 16 years and wished to continue (?or to start in London?). 'He sayes we have ye lawe, and folowe it.'
Attitude of the accused asked for College membership
Action taken ?Presumably not licensed (see below).
m S Thomas 1626
Entry 'The President asked us to report quacks: he named Blanke, DuVal, Butler, Aire and Bugg and the charge against them.'
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?To be reported.
Verdict case not completed
4 March 1631
Entry D refused to appear.
Action taken Refused to appear.
Verdict case not completed
17 Feb 1632
Entry D was included in the list of unlicensed foreign practitioners.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
13 June 1634
Entry 'Mr. Virott Apothecarye of whom Mr. Dickinson complayned, appeared, and being charged with his practize hee said hee made phisicke by Dr. du Valls direction whose bills hee hath, and sayeth further that a woman vsed to bring the waters. hee had also Du Valls aduice without bills.'
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Action taken The Censors would consider therof.
Verdict case not completed