COOKE, Thomas


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'COOKE, Thomas', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 25 November 2014.


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Thomas COOKE


NameThomas COOKE
Primary occupationmedical surgeon (Surgeon. Surgeon's servant. BSC 1625-37. ?Author of treatise 1665?)
Period of medical practice1621-1649
AddressFetter Lane 1632.
Other notesIn trouble 4 Feb 1631, 27 May 1631, 9 July 1631; informed on TRIGG, 23 Sep 1631, 14 Oct 1631; in trouble 7 Dec 1632, 25 Nov 1637 (LEVERETT, qv), 1-2 March 1639. NOT = 184 Thomas Cooke, apothecary.

Known London address

WardFaringdon Without

Censorial hearings

4 Feb 1631
EntryC, a surgeon, admitted giving a few medicaments to some poor people and said that he'd learnt the medical art from Mr Mullins his master.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenWarned to abstain and promised to do so. Dismissed.
SentenceWarned to abstain and promised to do so
27 May 1631
EntryDr Winston complained that C had salivated a plumber's wife, causing death.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenC to be summoned to the next Comitia.
Number of crimes1
9 July 1631
EntryC was charged with killing the wife of Mr Gounde, a Scottish plumber of Shoe Lane. In Dec 1630 he had given her drinks and turbinth pills, but she became severely constipated and summoned Dr Winston, who injected a clyster. C, furious, abandoned her treatment. In May 1631 C resumed treatment and gave her mercury pills, which killed her in four days. C confessed.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined £5 and sent to prison. Paid 40s. and was released.
SentenceFined £5 and imprisoned
Number of crimes1
23 Sep 1631
EntryC informed on TRIGGE 746 (qv) for giving physic to Mrs. Barnabye.
Attitude of the accusedinformed on other practitioners
Action takenSee TRIGGE 746.
14 Oct 1631
EntryC informed on TRIGGE 746 (qv) - case of Mrs. Barnabye.
Attitude of the accusedinformed on other practitioners
Action takenSee TRIGGE 746.
7 Dec 1632
EntryC, of Fetter Lane, was accused of giving mercury pills to one Mr. Jackson (2 oz. praecipitati, 13 gr. lapidis bezoar, boli orientalis et gummi ?guraci ana E 2 mithridati). C admitted that his man gave the pills by his direction.
Action takenC craved pardon and promised not to offend again & was dismissed.
SentenceDismissed on his promise to abstain in future
Number of crimes1
25 Nov 1637
EntryAs part of the Leverett case, Robert Monday, aged about 8, was examined, as were his parents (Richard & Elizabeth). He had had a sore under his left arm which 'Cooke a surgeon' had treated with a salve for 1 year or more. It had seemd to heal, but then broke open again. L was called in and cured it by touching, &c.
Action takenNone.
Number of crimes1
1 March 1639
EntryC was questioned on the death from flux of the Countess of Bohun, to whom he had given cassia, manna and mercurius dulcis. He was told to confess to malpractice on Lady Knevett (?also).
Action takenC to give bond of £100 not to flux by mercury in future. SEE NEXT.
SentenceBond for £100 not to use mercury in future. To apologise to Lady K
Number of crimes2
2 March 1639
EntryC had been required by the College to acknowledge his ill practice to Lady Knevett and bring back proof that he had done so. He now brought a letter from Lady K, saying that he had made submission to her 'fully and freely ... with much sorrowe', that she had forgiven him, and requested his release.
Action taken?Released.
Number of crimes1

COOKE, Thomas
COOPER, Robert