BRIGGS, Richard

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Institute of Historical Research

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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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2004

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'BRIGGS, Richard', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17268 Date accessed: 21 October 2014.


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Richard BRIGGS

Biography

NameRichard BRIGGS
GenderMale
Primary occupationmedical physician (Practitioner of physic)
Period of medical practice1595-1612
AddressCambridge(shire) c. 1600-2
Other notesDenied practising in London 1600. In trouble 1601 1602. Med Lic Cantab 1600.

Censorial hearings

17 March 1600
EntryB appeared and refuted the rumour that he had practised in London.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenDeferred till next.
Verdictcase not completed
4 Sep 1601
EntryB admitted practice, 'but not without the help of either Dr Fryer or Dr Turner, &c.'. Admitted to prescribing a medicine (produced) wch was unskilfully contrived and contained all kinds of strange drugs in superfluous quantity. Also confessed to having used this medicine often in the illness of a certain knight.
Action takenDecided to imprison him.
Verdictguilty
SentenceTo be imprisoned
Number of crimes1
6 Aug 1602
EntryB confessed to practising for 7 years, & 'declared that he had cured many suffering from the most dangerous diseases. He used these Pharmacopoeias: Parsons, Snoden and Shepherd and all these contained, as he said, many schedules or bills prescribed by him.' Sent to Wood Street prison while his case was considered. Frankly confessed, promised to abstain in future and frequently sued for mercy & favour.
Action takenImprisoned, but released within 3 days without punishment or fine.
Verdictguilty
SentenceImprisoned, but released within 3 days without punishment or fine


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