DEE, Arthur


Institute of Historical Research



Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'DEE, Arthur', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 23 November 2014.


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Arthur DEE


NameArthur DEE
Primary occupationmedical physician (MD) (Physician to Queen Anne 1615. Physician to Russia 1621. Physician Extraordinary 1635)
Period of medical practice1606-1641
Place of birthLondon (Son of Dr John Dee)
Date of birthbefore 1590
Date of deathafter 1641
AddressElephant & Castle, Fleet Conduit 1611. Russia 1621.
Other notesAdvertised multi-cure 1606 - College dubious. Forbidden to practise 1612-15 (we originally thought this was his father). Friend of DE MAYERNE 217.

Known London address

Elephant & Castle, Fleet Conduit
ParishSt Bride Fleet Street
WardFaringdon Without

Censorial hearings

4 April 1606
EntryD had advertised a multi-cure which 'savoured of trickery'. But the College had had insufficient time to prepare its case.
Action takenCase held over.
Verdictcase not completed
16 Oct 1612
EntryPresident (MOUNDEFORD) made a list of 10 illicitly practising MDs, and selected 4 for indictment, including D who was MD of a foreign university. See also AIRE 9, ANTHONY 19, BARKER 52.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo be indicted.
SentenceTo be indicted
13 Jan 1615
EntryD denied failing to answer the College's summons. Asked what authority he had to practise, he replied that 'medicine was his profession and that as he could make a business out of it, he ought to follow it'. He claimed that the College connived at others, e.g. Dr Moore, Dr Turner.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accuseddefiant
Action takenOrdered to refrain from practice. Shown mercy because of his family
3 Feb 1615
EntryD showed letters patent from University of Basle, 4 May 1609, within a month of his previous appearance.
Action taken?
6 May 1615
EntryD claimed that he practised medicine by royal prerogative.
Attitude of the accusedmade an excuse
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenDismissed.
Verdictcase not completed