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 1597 (Widow by 1597)
Primary occupation non-medical (Widow by 1597)
Period of medical practice 1575-1612
Other notes Accused of practice 1585 1597 & 1602. Always denied. Just warned.

Censorial hearings

5 Aug 1585
Entry M appeared, accused of bad and illegal practice.
Action taken M was forbidden to practise and threatened.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Forbidden to practise on pain of [punishment]
25 June 1597
Entry M, a widow, appeared and confessed to having administered a bitter potion from a decoction of herbs, which caused the patient 60 stools. The maidservant who just tasted the potion was purged.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken To reappear.
Number of crimes 1
12 Aug 1597
Entry M denied the charges.
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken M gave bond of £10 not to practise in future.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Bound for £10 to abstain
5 May 1602
Entry Dr Wilkinson charged M with administering a purgative to Mrs Wilsford. She confessed giving two pints, but claimed they were not purgative. The patient's experience and Dr W's testimony showed otherwise.
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken Warned and dismissed though `it was lawful to commit her to prison'
Verdict guilty
Sentence Warned to abstain on pain of prison
Number of crimes 1