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

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Gender Male
Primary occupation medical surgeon (Surgeon & midwife)
Period of medical practice 1594-1628
Place of birth foreign
Other notes Trouble 1600-6, 1615, 1618. Specialist licence from BSC for women's diseases 1607, 1611.
Medical specialities Women's diseases, gynaecology, obstetrics

Known London address

Queen's household
Date 1615

Censorial hearings

7 Nov 1600
Entry B, among others, was to be summoned to the next Comitia.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken To be summoned.
Verdict case not completed
6 Feb 1605
Entry A certain JB appeared on a charge of practising medicine: he confessed that he had practised for ten years, particularly in diseases of women: he often gave them powder to ease childbirth.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Warned and dismissed.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Warned
7 Feb 1606
Entry JB, a brazen, insolent and illiterate man, asked for a licence to practise in diseases of women: but everyone considered his request most unsuitable and insolent.
Attitude of the accused asked for College membership
Action taken Request for Licence refused.
3 Feb 1615
Entry B, from the Queen's Household as he declared, had taken the oath and had been licensed for certain duties by the surgeons. He declared that he had given no internal medicines: he was asked to return here on the first Friday of the next month.
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken To reappear.
Verdict case not completed
12 Feb 1619
Entry Accused by HIGGINS 392, apothecary, of treating Lady Evans, Lady Fibe, Mrs Joyner, Lord & Lady Shrewsburye with 'purges, pills and potions'. 'But B as licensed by the chirurgians, but onely towards women, sayes he gives nothing inwarde but by prescript of ye physitians', e.g. Dr Palmer, Dr Lister, Dr Pope over the last year. B accused Higgins of giving a vomit (v HIGGINS).
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Action taken B was ordered to return and to bring his licence.
Verdict case not completed
Number of crimes 4