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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'CLARK, John', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 29 November 2014.


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NameJohn CLARK
Primary occupationmedical physician (Practitioner of physic. ?Surgeon. Author of TUBA APOLLINIS & part-author of REI DISPOSITIONE)
Period of medical practice1592-1609
Date of death?1609
Address?Bur St Michael Cornhill 1609
Other notesSent 'humble letter' saying absence not due to contempt but to fear of the officials making arrests who lay in wait for him everywhere.

Known London address

St Michael Cornhill (?)
ParishSt Michael Cornhill

Censorial hearings

6 Aug 1602
EntryC, a 'practitioner of medicine', was summoned, but sent a 'humble letter' saying that his absence was not due to contempt, but that he could not come for fear of 'the officials making arrests who were lying in wait for him everywhere'.
Action takenSee next.
4 Feb 1603
EntryC denied practising since the College's warning. But he was still selling 'expensive waters'. A date was fixed for him to show the College their composition. If he would not, he would be fined.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenTo prove the composition of his drinks, or be fined.
4 March 1603
EntryC refused to disclose why he sold one pint of cinnamon water for £1. He admitted using a purge, and a cure for fevers from Mummy, recommended by Hugh Plat. He had written TUBA APOLLINIS, but otherwise had only assisted in writing REI DISPOSITIONE. Mercy was shown despite his insolence, and he was given 3 days to promise to desist. But he wouldn't.
Action takenImprisoned and fined £20.
SentenceImprisoned and fined £20 (after refusing to promise to abstain)
7 March 1603
EntryC escaped the College lictor and went to the Lord Chamberlain, who sent him to Marshalsea prison but later freed him. Drs Paddy & Mountford to go to Lord Chamberlain. Copy of letter to LC, saying that he could continue to use C's services, but that the College must prosecute for any other practice, inserted in the Annals. This letter was not sent, but verbal representation was made instead.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenCollege negotiated with the Lord Chamberlain.

CLARK, Edward (Jun)