MATHEWS, Christopher

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

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Christopher MATHEWS


Name Christopher MATHEWS
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical apothecary (Apothecary. Master of Cromwell and Francis WHITE (1632))
Period of medical practice 1622-1642
Other notes His servant Cromwell caused death of Mr Lane 1632. See also Whittet letter.

Censorial hearings

28 May 1632
Entry Lord 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 taken Full investigation. Conclusion: poisoning by mercury sublimate.
2 Nov 1632
Entry M was summoned to tell how Dr Grent abused Dr Goddard.
Action taken NONE.