BUCK, Paul

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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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2004

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'BUCK, Paul', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17280 Date accessed: 30 September 2014.


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Paul BUCK

Biography

NamePaul BUCK
GenderMale
Primary occupationmedical physician (Goldsmith. Practitioner of physic.)
Period of medical practice1583-1627
Place of birthEngland (Englishman)
Date of birthbefore 1569
AddressBlackfriars till 1592. St Andrew in the Wardrobe 1604.
Other notesTrouble 1589-1617. Supported by Walsingham, Howard & Essex. Paracelsian. See DE LAUNE - lived at Blackfriars.

Known London address

Round House, Blackfriars
ParishSt Anne Blackfriars
WardFaringdon Within
Date1589-92
St Andrew in the Wardrobe
ParishSt Andrew by the Wardrobe (Castle Baynard)
WardCastle Baynard
Date1604

Censorial hearings

6 June 1589
EntryB, 'an ignorant fellow and renowned for his boldness', appeared. He confessed that he was uneducated, but said that he could cure all diseases & had practised successfully in the City for 6 years (by purgatives & correct diet). He had read Paracelsus & Erasmus ('medical books'). Asked what inflammation was (said, 'a gradual increase of certain swellings and humours'); asked what the King's disease was, said it was 'an alteration of the blood in melancholy and phlegm'.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined £10 and imprisoned for bad and illegal practice.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £10 and imprisoned
22 Dec 1592
EntryB appeared & confessed to practising for more than 6 years.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenForbidden to practise & ordered to reappear.
Verdictguilty
SentenceForbidden to practise. [To be prosecuted at law.]
25 June 1593
EntryCharles, Lord Howard, the Lord High Admiral, had written a letter (dated 29 May 1593) on B's behalf. College drafted a reply (2 July 1593). For contents of both letters, see Goodall pp. 329-330.
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenReply sent to Howard.
25 March 1594
EntryDespite letters, College decided not to grant B a licence.
Attitude of the accusedasked for College membership
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenRefused a licence.
3 July 1596
EntryB was summoned, and appeared. He denied practising in anything but trivial cases.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenOrdered to reappear. See next.
14 Oct 1596
EntryAppeared and confessed to practice, but only in minor cases.
Action takenFined £5.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £5
7 March 1600
EntryAppeared.
Action takenFined £3 & warned to pay a portion of it in the near future.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £3 and warned to pay part of it in the near future
4 May 1603
EntryB confessed to practising.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined £5 (reduced on petition to 5 marks) and imprisoned.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £5 and imprisoned
19 July 1605
EntryB promised to pay fine of 5 marks for bad practice.
Attitude of the accusedsubmitted to the College
Action takenTo pay previous fine of 5 marks.
3 July 1607
EntryB was summoned but failed to appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenSee next.
7 Aug 1607
EntryB appeared and was accused of treating Mr Vermingham (rumoured to be dead). Alleged to have diagnosed a weakness of the stomach caused by overeating & to have used an 'ointment with mercury'.
Action takenFined £5 and imprisoned till he paid it.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £5 and imprisoned till he paid it.
Number of crimes1
25 June 1589
EntryB had been released from prison. President & 2 Censors to find out why from the Mayor. If the answer was unsatisfactory, an action would be brought against Blunt, the keeper of the Wood Street prison.
Action takenSee next.
6 Oct 1609
EntryB did not appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
9 Feb 1610
EntryB did not appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
4 June 1613
EntryDr Herring charged B with treating Tayler, a draper of Fleet Street.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenCollege decided to summon B to answer this charge.
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
10 Jan 1617
EntryHenry Foster, shoemaker, his wife and his neighbour presented a petition against B.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Second initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Third initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenB to be summoned.
Number of crimes1
7 Feb 1617
EntryRichard Foster complained about B.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenB to be summoned.
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
2 July 1589
EntryB, a goldsmith of Blackfriars, was summoned and ordered not to practise medicine because he was ignorant and had no knowledge of the craft. He refused to stop, or to give a bond - said he wd continue, on his own authority, & wd always be ready to give thoughtful care & attention to any in need. The College found him insolent.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accuseddefiant
Action takenRe-imprisoned in Wood Street prison until he shd decide to repent.
5 Dec 1589
EntrySummoned.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenSummoned. See next.
18 Dec 1589
EntryChristopher Hardy, shoemaker & servant of John Langley of Southwark, complained that he had paid B money to restore him to health, but that B had given him no medicine.
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Action taken?Imprisoned
Verdictguilty
SentenceImprisoned
Number of crimes1
30 Jan 1590
EntryB, a goldsmith who had been imprisoned for wrongful practice, was summoned before the President & Censors. He refused to appear. He had apparently undertaken to cure Hardy of pains in his joints and had been paid £1 and promised 40s. more.
Action taken?See next.
Number of crimes1
16 Feb 1590
EntryLetter was received from Walsingham on B's behalf. College drafted a reply. For contents of both letters, see Goodall pp. 327-8. President & James took reply to Walsingham, who promised to leave the affair to the College. College Beadle summoned B from prison. He wd have been treated mercifully out of respect for W, but he refused to come.
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenCollege to inform W of B's obstinacy.
8 May 1590
EntryB had been freed by the Warden of the Counter, without authority. College to complain to the City Recorder & to Mr Daniel, & to take legal action against the Keeper of the Counter.
Action taken?
5 Nov 1591
EntryB was summoned.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenSummoned.
Verdictcase not completed


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