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

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Gender Female
Primary occupation medical empiric (Empiric)
Period of medical practice 1596-1617
Address Fetter Lane 1606
Other notes In trouble 1606-7. Could be wife or reln of 4 surgeons called Griffin.

Known London address

Fetter Lane
Ward Faringdon Without
Date 1606

Censorial hearings

22 Dec 1606
Entry G, of Fetter Lane, was charged by Helena Piers of Fetter Lane with bad practice on P and many other pregnant women, whom G had weakened with vomits and purges. G confessed to making and giving 'lozenges of antimony and pulvis sanctus, and a cathartic potion of sarsparilla, senna, hermodactyl, &c.'.
Initiator of the complaint patient
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken See next.
Number of crimes 1
9 Jan 1607
Entry Helena Piers brought the names of many whom G had treated, countersigned by John Fitzwilliam. G did not deny this, but said she had harmed none, helped many, e.g. Mr Greives. Asked as to her medicines, she mentioned pulvis sanctus, antimony, &c., and an ointment used for morbus wch she bought from Mr Harris, apothecary.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken See next.
6 March 1607
Entry G failed to answer the summons.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Imprisoned, but soon released and excused fine.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Imprisoned and fined. Soon released and excused the fine