CHAMBERLEN, Peter (the Younger)

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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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2004

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'CHAMBERLEN, Peter (the Younger)', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17303 Date accessed: 31 July 2014.


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Peter (the Younger) CHAMBERLEN

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NamePeter (the Younger) CHAMBERLEN (CHAMBERLAINE, CHAMBERLAYNE)
GenderMale
Primary occupationmedical barber-surgeon (Barber-surgeon. Surgeon to Queen Anne of Denmark. BSC 1599-1611)
Period of medical practice1597-1626
Place of birthEngland (French, born in Southampton)
Date of birth8 Feb 1572
Date of death1626
Other notesTrouble 1607-20. M Sarah, sister of Gideon de Laune. Brother of 152 and father of 154.
Medical specialitiesMidwifery, obstetrics

Censorial hearings

7 Aug 1607
EntryC was accused by Dr Ridley of giving an electuary to Mr Lille's son and of giving pills causing bowel flux to a girl.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenWarned by the President.
Number of crimes2
29 Nov 1613
EntryDr. Fludd felt that several other instances [of rudeness] ought to be quoted, mentioning in particular Peter Chamberlaine junior who had used most insolent language against himself and other Fellows.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action taken?None.
3 Dec 1613
EntryJames and Elizabeth Stopes presented petition against C., accusing him of having promised to restore them to health in a few weeks, charging £10 for this (£5 paid in advance), and treating them both for 1 year, after which they were worse. (Stopes had subsequently approached Moore of Knightsbridge for treatment.) Dr Fludd also had charges to prefer against C.
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Second initiator of the complaintpatient
Third initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenSummoned to hear Fludd's charges.
Number of crimes2
m S Thomas 1613
EntryC was summoned.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action taken?See next.
14 Jan 1614
EntryC appeared and defended his practice ('pro prax multiplici, mala, illicita dixerit').
Attitude of the accusedmade an excuse
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
6 May 1615
EntryC excused his practice by saying that he ignored the pulse. He was accused of treating Mrs Tullie, servant of Mr Carpenter, and others.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedmade an excuse
Action takenDismissed because Dr Herring, who had charged him, was absent.
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
21 Feb 1617
EntryC appeared to plead the case of the midwives and 'boasted that he and his brother were the only ones who excelled in these matters'. He was snubbed, but the College was open-minded about the midwives - C left to decide whether incorporation was the answer. Coll insisted on prior examination before Bp or his Chancellor shd admit midwives to practice. Coll wd prosecute unskilful midwives. Coll might give the midwives an Anatomy Lecture.
Action takenFormal reply given to C in letter of 3 June 1617 (+ petition).
2 June 1620
EntryC confessed to having given colocynth to a patient who had been abandoned by Dr Argent & Dr Goulston. He defended this by reference to a treatise of Massaria, printed in Venice (p.43!). Despite this, the College considered the medicine dangerous. Drs Argent, Clement & Goulston charged C with 3-5 other cases of women in childbed. Letter on C's behalf from Lord Chamberlain was read.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintcollege member
Third initiator of the complaintcollege member
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenDismissed, but Drs Atkins, Argent & Harvey would visit Lord C.
Number of crimes6
7 July 1620
EntryC was exhorted to abstain from medical practice.
Action takenWarned to abstain and dismissed.
Verdictguilty
SentenceWarned to abstain
6 Nov 1607
EntryC was accused by Dr RAWLINS 617 of giving unctions, sweating-potions and purges to Richard Welch, an arthritic of Thames Street. C said that he had followed the advice of Dr Lawney, his father-in-law. He had not obtained a written prescription from him, however.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedmade an excuse
Action takenFined 5 marks. To give a bond against non-payment.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined 5 marks and to give bond against non-payment
Number of crimes1
5 Feb 1608
EntryC paid £3 of the 5 marks.
Action takenExcused the rest of the 5-mark fine.
5 Aug 1608
EntryDr Pattison charged C with treating Mrs Bashe. C confessed.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined 4 marks.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined 4 marks
Number of crimes1
1 Dec 1609
EntryC was asked to reappear.
Action takenAsked to reappear. See next.
m S Thomas 1609
EntryC appeared.
Action takenC was fined 40s.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined 40s.
12 Jan 1610
EntryC excused himself.
Action taken?
5 Oct 1610
EntryC was examined. Details in the Book of Examinations (not extant).
Attitude of the accusedasked for College membership
Action taken?
m Palm Sun 1613
EntryDr Goulston charged C in his absence.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1