DICKMAN, Henry

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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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'DICKMAN, Henry', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17374 Date accessed: 21 September 2014.


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Henry DICKMAN

Biography

NameHenry DICKMAN
GenderMale
Primary occupationmedical apothecary (Apothecary's servant 1607. SA c 1617)
Period of medical practice1597-1657
Date of death13 Oct 1657
AddressNewgate Market 1607. Aldermanbury 1640
Other notesIn trouble 1607-39 but usually acquitted. ?Brother John also apothecary?

Known London address

Newgate Market
ParishChrist Church Newgate Street [incl St Audoen 1547; St Nicholas in the Shambles, 1547; part of St Sepulchre's, 1567]
WardFaringdon Within
Date1607
Aldermanbury
ParishSt Mary Aldermanbury
WardCripplegate (Within & Without)
Date1640

Censorial hearings

4 Sep 1607
EntryD, servant to John SMITH 683 (qv), apothecary of Newgate Market, was charged by William Draper of St Bart-the-Less, and by Elizabeth Norton, housekeeper to Mr Willoughby of St Bart-the-Greater, of treating John Hasledowne & causing his death by bowel flux. SMITH appeared and made 'ridiculous' excuses.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Second initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenSMITH to bring D to the next meeting.
Number of crimes1
13 June 1634
EntryMr Cooper complained of D, but D had Dr Clement's instructions.
Action takenVindicated.
Verdictinnocent
Number of crimes1
3 May 1639
EntryMartha Willis accused D of treating her son John Willis.
Initiator of the complaintrelative of the patient
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenD to appear. See next.
Number of crimes1
6 May 1639
EntryMrs Willis, Anne Belamy and Sara Cowley accused D of treating John Willis unsuccessfully for ague. D was also charged with treating Mr Barker for a boil under his chin, for £20 - but the details were confused - D produced a prescription from Dr Hinton. College passed it by if the plaintiffs & D could come to an agreement.
Initiator of the complaintrelative of the patient
Second initiator of the complaintfriend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Third initiator of the complaintfriend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action takenSettled out of court (?).
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes2
9 Oct 1607
EntrySMITH & D appeared. S claimed that they sold only 'conserve of roses and wild plums'. The Lord Mayor had received the conserve and a red powder by John Ely.
Action takenNo punishment. Ordered to bring the conserves to next meeting.
Verdictcase not completed
4 May 1610
EntryD and SMITH were charged by Dr Goulston and failed to appear.
Initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
1 June 1610
EntryThe case brought by the informer Gulson against Henry Dickman was heard by them in the presence of his master: the discussion split into opposing groups until at length by a decision of the President, the whole dispute was broken off. (see Book of Examinations page 10b.)
Initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Action taken?None
Verdictcase not completed
20 Nov 1612
EntryDr Clement said that D had prescribed a purge. SMITH said that it was tabulas stibiatas, which he sold as did all apothecaries, and provided for Mr Noble, a country practitioner.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenSee next.
Number of crimes1
4 Dec 1612
EntryD appeared and denied Dr Clement's charges. He was warned to give antimony tablets only on prescription. Dr Goulston said that he had heard D offer flowers of sulphur for a cold.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenCase postponed. Warned to give medicines only on prescription.
Verdictnot proven
Number of crimes2
9 April 1629
EntryMr Bale complained that D had treated his wife, Anna Bale, for 20s., and had cut her vein. They had previously used Dr Yelverton. D had Yelverton's recipe and confessed to obtain a pardon.
Initiator of the complaintspouse of the patient
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action taken?D was pardoned.
Verdictguilty
SentencePardoned
Number of crimes1
5 Feb 1630
EntryD was accused by Frederick Porter. Mr Seman, an attorney of Bow Lane, had recommended D to Porter. D had said that Porter had French pox, and had given him 3 mineral pills, wch caused delirium and mouth ulcers, and then a dietetic drink, and had charged £4. D said the pills were turbinth, ordered by Edward Harris of Smithfield (surgeon) & approved by BUTLER 135 (qv).
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Action takenHarris & Seman to be summoned when Goulston & Meverall were present
Number of crimes1
5 March 1630
EntryD, Porter, Harris, Seman & his wife appeared, nurse, maid. Dr Goulston & Dr Meverall thought that Porter had surf (?) & scabies, not pox. Harris confessed to supplying pills, but for no fee, & denied prescribing them. Butler sent a statement undertaking the treatment. Seman said P had had little improvement from Meverall's medicine. Nurse had taken Butler a urine sample. B had sold P's maid Mary Clarke a potion as protection from the pox. Coll gave P a letter testifying he had no pox. P to prosecute Seman for saying he had.
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Second initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Third initiator of the complaintfriend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action takenD was fined £3 but 10s. was remitted because of his poverty.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £3, reduced to £2 10s. because of his poverty
Number of crimes1


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