BROWNE, Martin

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

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Name Martin BROWNE (BROWN)
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical surgeon (Surgeon. BSC 1615-40. Alderman 1652-3.)
Period of medical practice 1606-1655
Date of death 16 Apr 1655
Other notes See Bloom & James? In trouble 1616-27.

Censorial hearings

24 Jan 1617
Entry B, a surgeon, appeared and was charged by Dr Goulston with giving the late Thomas Worth plasters and enemas. Dr DIODATI 227 denied that they were his prescriptions. Drs Clement & G had been called when Worth was near death. B had diagnosed a windy hernia & had given plaster de baccis lauri to the navel, & 2 clysters ('e maluae cimini rutae Mj sacchari rubi olei anethini et rubacci ?jR'. G said B acted as an apothecary and was a charlatan. G added a second charge: an apprentice of the White Horse, St Pauls, had died of B in 2 days.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken B was asked to reappear.
Number of crimes 2
7 Feb 1617
Entry B was questioned about Worth's disease. He was accused of still selling medicines at his house, and of having killed Eliz. Grove. He was given the choice of a £5 fine and prison, or giving the College a bond for £50 that he would abstain in future.
Action taken B gave bond for £50 against his future abstention from practice.
Verdict guilty
Sentence B gave bond to abstain for £50
Number of crimes 2
m Palm Sun 1625
Entry The President complained that B had boasted to him about his (B's) ill practice.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken ?None.
Verdict case not completed
4 Nov 1626
Entry There was considerable discussion but no action taken regarding Martin Browne and William Blanke surgeons. No-one appeared.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken None.
10 Nov 1626
Entry 'Dr Grent accused Mr. Browne ye surgeon to have given a vomiting Physick vnto Mr. More the last sumer. B would not affirme, whether he or Dr. Deodat [227] appoynted the bolus: neither did Dr. Deodat say he remembered the said bolus.'
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken ?None.
Verdict not proven
Number of crimes 1
1 Feb 1628
Entry Dr FLUDD accused B of practice. Amidst much mutual recrimination, F said that B had initially been trained by a barber. B said he had been a doctor's servant, and had later learned surgery under Peter Chamberlen. Dr Clement confirmed that he had prescribed B's medicines. But B admitted that he had made up his medicines without using an apothecary, and asked the College to condone his crime.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed