WOODHOUSE, Mistress

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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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2004

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'WOODHOUSE, Mistress', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17943 Date accessed: 17 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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Mistress WOODHOUSE

Biography

NameMistress WOODHOUSE
GenderFemale
Primary occupationmedical physician (Practitioner of physic)
Period of medical practice1586-1612
Addressof Hogginton 1596. of Kingsland 1602
Other notesAccused 1596 1602. ?=821?

Known London address

Hogginton
Date1596
Woolwich
Date1596
Kingsland
Date1602

Censorial hearings

3 July 1596
EntryMrs W of Hogginton appeared, brought by Vaughan and Chandler, royal judges. She said that pepper was cold, violets and strawberries cold and dry. She used Diaprun. & Hamech. as purges, and stibium in infusion, up to 25 grams. She claimed to diagnose pregnancy from urines (96/100 correct). Dr Taylor said she had given mithridate in aqua coelestis (1:6) to a young man in Woolwich Street, fevered, who nearly died of it. She said that she had restored many bewitched people - some affected by the stars, and others by sorcery.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenTo reappear.
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
14 Sep 1602
Entry'Gabriel Sherritt made a statement against the woman of Kingsland saying that she had given her advice to a certain old man about the letting of blood etc: who not long afterwards died. Mr Morrice was questioned about the daughter of Mr. Galerus, whose treatment he had entrusted to this same woman.' (In margin: 'Sheritt against Woodhowse of Kingsland'.)
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Action takenSee next.
Number of crimes2
17 Sep 1602
EntryCollege decided to send Dr Marbeck, Dr Langton & Dr Atkins to the Lord Treasurer for leave to sue W, 'that woman of Kingsland the said Woodhowse so notorious a practitioner in medicine'. The Lord T had employed her in the country for his daughter (Lady Montague)'s dislocated joint. LT replied that as he no longer needed W's services, the College was free to proceed against her.
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenCollege to sue W.
Verdictguilty
SentenceTo be prosecuted at law


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