BOET, Gerald (?Gaspar?)

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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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2004

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'BOET, Gerald (?Gaspar?)', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17249 Date accessed: 19 September 2014.


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Gerald (?Gaspar?) BOET

Biography

NameGerald (?Gaspar?) BOET (BOATE, BOETT, BOOTE, BOTE)
GenderMale
Primary occupationmedical physician (MD) (Physician. Author.)
Period of medical practice1630-1650
Place of birthGorinchem, Holland
Date of birth1604
Date of death1650
AddressAldermanbury 1641. Dublin 1649-50.
Other notesTrouble 1630-7. Eventually LRCP 1646. Masses of evidence abt him. Brother of 95 Arnold BOET (q.v.).

Known London address

Aldermanbury
ParishSt Mary Aldermanbury
WardCripplegate (Within & Without)
Date1641

College membership

Medical education (university)Leiden
Date of MD1630
Date became Licentiate / /1646
In trouble before membershipYes
Date of birth1604
Date of death1650

Censorial hearings

4 March 1631
EntryDr Meverall charged B with prescribing Aleophanginae pills for fever & diarrhoea to daughter of Mr Tayler of Watling Street. Dr Crooke charged B with giving purges to one Mr Dagge of Bearbinden Lane for hepatic liver and atrophy. B said that the girl had lientaria. He was insolent (the College found).
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accuseddefiant
Action takenTo be indicted. See next.
Number of crimes2
16 Feb 1632
EntrySusan Lyon, apothecary, appeared and was accused of (?& confessed to) making medicines, including 'some by Dr. Boetts prescripts as fiue or sixe for Mrs. Hollidaye'.
Action taken?None to B.
17 Feb 1632
EntryThe President complained of B's behaviour to the College, and said that he had set up his brother in medicine under himself. B was listed among unlicensed foreign practitioners. The Vice-Chamberlain (?) had asked Drs Betoun & Lister to recommend examining B to the President. B appeared and was accused of seeking the favour of noblemen against the College. He denied it.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenAdvised to adopt the correct procedure for getting licensed.
Verdictguilty
SentenceAdvised to adopt the correct procedure for getting licensed
11 June 1632
EntryB was examined and found unsatisfactory. He was warned to study for some years before reapplying. He was indignant.
Attitude of the accuseddefiant
Action takenNot licensed.
3 July 1632
EntryDr Oxenbridge reported that B was training a man in medicine for £10 p.a. (and so was his brother, q.v.).
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenSee next.
Number of crimes1
4 July 1632
EntryB questioned about his 'trainee', who had written to Dr Oxenbridge. B said that the man, Chapman, had stolen from him and absconded. He had not given him medical instruction, though he had given him the books of Heurnius to read. B confessed to 3 years' practice & was found 'insolent' by the College.
Action takenProhibited from practice by the President.
Number of crimes1
2 Nov 1632
EntryTo be sued.
Action taken?Decided to prosecute him at law.
Verdictguilty
SentenceTo be prosecuted at law (?)
30 Sep 1633
EntrySamuel Doves, brother, claimed that Mrs. Hart had been poisoned with a purge.
Initiator of the complaintrelative of the patient
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenB and Doues to be summoned. See next.
Number of crimes1
4 Oct 1633
EntryB was charged regarding Mrs Hart. He said he had given no purge, though he had given clysters.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenDeferred until Doves could attend.
Number of crimes1
18 Oct 1633
EntryB 'chattered at length in his own defence', but Doves did not turn up.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenDeferred again.
Number of crimes1
6 Dec 1633
EntryDoves appeared and repeated his charges in detail.
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
4 April 1631
EntryTo be indicted.
Action takenTo be indicted. See next.
4 July 1634
EntryB had been called, after Dr Grent, to Mrs Everett, and had diagnosed inflammation of the liver.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?See next.
Number of crimes1
11 Aug 1634
EntryHamey had been called to B's patient and had refused to come. B was offended and 'exclamed on the Colledge saying they made a Monopolye of phisicke', and complained that the College had got some people to swear that B had killed a man. Said that Mayerne, Fludd, Chamberlayne and Saunders would join with him. Dr Fludd, present, denied this. Dr Smith, like Hamey, also refused and caused offence.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?
Number of crimes1
15 Sep 1634
EntryB to be arrested.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo be arrested. (Was he?)
16 Oct 1634
EntryThomas Barnes of Mincing Lane and his maid Christian Nowell said that B had given Mrs Barnes three purges.
Initiator of the complaintspouse of the patient
Second initiator of the complaintfriend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action taken?
Number of crimes1
17 Nov 1634
EntryDr Alston said that B gave medicine of Mr Butler's making in Finch Lane.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
21 April 1637
EntryTo be sued for 2 years' practice.
Action taken?Decided to prosecute at law.
Verdictguilty
SentenceTo be prosecuted at law (?)
5 Jan 1638
Entry'William Abell apothecary appeared vpon Summons. he was charged with vnlawfull practise of physique which he denyed avowing that the medicines he gave were directed by Dr. Meverell and Dr. Boote. he was commaunded to bring their bills to the Colledge the next tyme the Censors should meet.'
Action takenAbell to bring B's bills to the next Censors' meeting.
19 Jan 1638
EntrySuit against B. William ABELL (3), apothecary, presented B's bills.
Initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Action taken?To be prosecuted?
Verdictguilty
SentenceTo be prosecuted at law (?)
7 Feb 1640
EntryB confessed to having given medicine to the wife of Andrew Stone of St Mary Aldermanbury parish, for pleurisy. He had let her blood, given a julep of barley and red poppy, and also given her a potion (recipe given - crocus, olibanus, laudanum Londoninensi and red poppy syrup) to free her from the expectoration associated with pleurisy.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined £10 for ill practice & imprisoned in the Counter, Wood Street
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £10 and imprisoned in the Counter, Wood Street
Number of crimes1
15 April 1631
EntryTo be sued in the Court of Exchequer.
Action takenDecided to prosecute B at law. See next.
Verdictguilty
SentenceB to be prosecuted at law
27 May 1631
EntryB sought a licence. He was refused. He then offered £20 if the law suit would be dropped.
Action takenDeferred. Offered £20 to settle lawsuit.
23 Sep 1631
EntryB was said to have given medicine to a present patient of Dr Rand.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?
Number of crimes1
2 Nov 1631
Entry'Mr. Kendall, Mr. Holland and Mr. Rand Apothecaryes are to be desyred to bringe in such bills one fridaye next as they haue of Dr. Boetts.'
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenB's apothecaries to bring his bills next Friday.
4 Nov 1631
EntryMr Rande, Archer, Holland, Kendall (apothecaries) brought B's bills to the College.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Third initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
16 Dec 1631
EntryDr Crooke reported that B gave a drink to Mary Barton, which caused spitting.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?See next.
Number of crimes1
22 Dec 1631
EntryMany of B's prescriptions were examined. Dr Hodgson said that Mr Harryson (apothecary) had more of them.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed


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