MATHEWS, Christopher


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'MATHEWS, Christopher', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 22 November 2014.


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Christopher MATHEWS


NameChristopher MATHEWS
Primary occupationmedical apothecary (Apothecary. Master of Cromwell and Francis WHITE (1632))
Period of medical practice1622-1642
Other notesHis servant Cromwell caused death of Mr Lane 1632. See also Whittet letter.

Censorial hearings

28 May 1632
EntryLord Holland had written asking the College to investigate the case of Mr Lane, for which M's servant Cromwell had been sentenced. M, apothecary, said that Lane had not been sick, but had wanted to take a medicine he'd previously had from Dr Poe (4 pulveris sancti Zis syrupi Augustani XIi uno albi XI iiis misce fiat potio). It purged & L asked for more, so M gave a cordial. Dr Giffard called & found L seriously ill, gave a clyster of milk & bolus with laudani Paracelsi gr. i¼, and then diacodium & plantain. C bought sublimate for engraving knives and added it!
Action takenFull investigation. Conclusion: poisoning by mercury sublimate.
2 Nov 1632
EntryM was summoned to tell how Dr Grent abused Dr Goddard.
Action takenNONE.