Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database. Originally published by Centre for Metropolitan History, London, 2004.

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Gender Female
Marital status Widowed 1594 (Widow 1594)
Period of medical practice 1584-1604
Other notes Trouble 1594 (Widow).

Censorial hearings

7 June 1594
Entry Mrs Bate of Radrief complained that 'the old widow Austen' had undertaken to cure her husband, Edward Bate, for 20s. He died, but A took certain domestic utensils in lieu.
Initiator of the complaint spouse of the patient
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken See below.
Number of crimes 1
5 July 1594
Entry A appeared and admitted that she had practised in London for many years and had given internal purgation potions, especially carecostin and laureola, to more than 100 men.
Action taken Fined 40s. and forbidden to practise on pain of prison.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined 40s. and forbidden to practise