READ, Alexander

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Alexander READ


Gender Male
Primary occupation medical physician (MD) (Physician. Brother of BSC. Lecturer in anatomy & surgery for BSC. Author.)
Period of medical practice 1598-1641
Place of birth b Scotland (?Aberdeen)
Date of birth ?c. 1575
Date of death Oct 1641
Address St Katherine by the Tower 1598. Living at Holt (Welsh border) 1618. Bur St Mary Woolnoth 1641.
Other notes Trouble 9 April 1619. CRCP 1621. FRCP 1624. Created MD Ox by order of JI 1620; incorp Ca 1624. Birken thesis.

Known London address

St Catherine by Tower
Parish St Katherine's Hospital (St Katherine at the Tower)
Ward Portsoken
Date 1598
St Mary Woolnoth
Parish St Mary Woolnoth
Ward Langborne
Date 1641

College membership

Medical education (university) Oxford
Date of MD 1620
Degree incorporated into Cambridge University Yes
Date became Candidate 22/12/1621
Date became Fellow 03/03/1624
Date of Candidacy 1621-1624
Date of Fellowship 1624-1641
In trouble before membership Yes
Other notes Created MD Ox by order of JI
Date of birth ?c.1575
Date of death Oct 1641

Censorial hearings

9 April 1619
Entry A certain woman reported that about Christmas 1618-19, Mrs Rhobes, a Scotsman's wife, had had pains around the navel. She was advised by SAVERY and by Dr MACCOLOS, then by Mr FENTON, and lastly by Mr GILLIAM, who chose Mr Alexander READE as physician (in whose house he was staying). G & R gave her fumes and pills to flux. She was now in extremis. G had 40s, with £8 to come & £10 on cure. Diagnosis varied between pregnancy, the stone and cancer of the womb.
Action taken R to attend to explain the case.
Verdict case not completed
Number of crimes 1
1 March 1633
Entry [Collbiz.] Cited as director by COTTON (qv) and SORE (qv).
5 April 1633
Entry [Collbiz.] R cited as director by COTTON (qv).
m Palm Sun 1634
Entry R was 'complayned of for ioyning with Chirurgions'.
Action taken See next.
6 June 1634
Entry John IRELAND, surgeon (426, qv), when accused of practice, showed R's bills. R said that he'd had a small fee from I.
Action taken [IRELAND to reappear.] R exonerated?
10 April 1640
Entry [Collbiz.]