FORRESTER, William

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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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'FORRESTER, William', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17430 Date accessed: 23 November 2014.


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William FORRESTER

Biography

NameWilliam FORRESTER (FORESTER)
GenderMale
Primary occupationmedical physician (MD) (Physician. ?Apothecary's servant before 1611. [?NOT Clergyman 1608 1614.])
Period of medical practice1591-1621
Place of birthEngland (of Cambridgeshire)
Date of deathNov 1621
AddressSt Katherines by the Tower 1621
Other notesTrouble 1601-14. Ca 1607. Lic med & surg from Cantab 1608. Confused with 283 James Forster - MA & clergyman.

Known London address

St Katherine by the Tower
ParishSt Katherine's Hospital (St Katherine at the Tower)
WardPortsoken
Date1621

Censorial hearings

18 July 1594
EntryJohn Green of Rutland complained that F had cheated him of a large sum of money for the treatment of a fractured tibia caused by a kick from a horse, which he had not carried out successfully. F had often purged G with pills & vomit. Mr Burton, a gentleman of Gray's Inn, complained on similar grounds - had paid £3 10s. (another £3 10s. to follow on completion of cure) and had been purged and vomited, but not cured. F had not answered the summons.
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Second initiator of the complaintpatient
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenF to be fined £10 and imprisoned.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £10 and imprisoned (when found)
Number of crimes2
30 March 1607
EntryMr Huxley of Cheapside complained about F because last Christmas when he had undertaken the treatment of his wife he had taken £20 in advance: not only had he not kept his promise but also due to extreme negligence he had allowed the woman he should have cured to die. A certain man Skidmor had paid £5 for a cure, and F did nothing. Summoned, F refused to come without a public pledge of his return.
Initiator of the complaintspouse of the patient
Second initiator of the complaintpatient
Action takenF refused to appear.
Number of crimes1
7 Aug 1607
EntryF, having been summoned, did not come: he sent however a letter in which he stated that he had been given a licence by the university to practise freely, in whatever place, without the interference of anyone.
Action taken?
22 Dec 1607
EntryDr Jordan & Dr Clement accused F and desired him to be summoned.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo be summoned.
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes2
1 July 1608
EntryThe Beadle was ordered to summon F (and others) to the next Comitia.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenF to be summoned.
Verdictcase not completed
10 April 1609
EntryThe President (Dr Atkins) mentioned a few complaints against F.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
11 Aug 1609
EntryMr Whetnoll made a serious charge against F. See E.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Action takenSee E.
Sentence?
Number of crimes1
m S John B 1610
EntryF (and others) had been recently indicted, and had promised to be at hand to prove the case. The Fellows were asked to collect evidence of illicit and ill practice against F (and others).
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenEvidence to be collected against F.
1 Oct 1610
EntryThe President giving warning about the quacks urged that action should be taken against them and asked the Fellows with regard to Tenant, Forman and F to collect all the evidence they could concerning the people, month or day.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenEvidence to be collected against F.
Verdictguilty
SentenceTo be prosecuted at law
19 Jan 1611
EntryF appeared. The Attorney General (presum after finding him guilty) had requested mercy for him. F agreed to pay £10 for a licence, but refused an examination because he already had a licence from Cambridge. He denied purging Lady May of Holywell (a consumptive) to death in 1609, and claimed to have been taught medicine as an apothecary's servant by Dr Rawlins. Said he had travelled abroad.
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenDismissed, but his `extreme impudence' was complained of to Att Gen
Number of crimes1
13 July 1596
EntryA certain F appeared who denied absolutely that he had practised medicine, but when he was strongly pressed he confessed that he had adminstered a clyster in which he had put Diaphaenicon and Benedicta Laxativa (which he called the Benedicta medicine) to a certain man at the Sign of the Mill; the patient had died. As a purge he had prescribed Diaprunum Solutinum and Electuarium e Sucra Rosarum ana 1 oz.
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
1 Oct 1596
EntryF was in list of persons to be summoned.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo be summoned.
Verdictcase not completed
4 Nov 1597
EntryF was accused by Maurice Abbot of having given his pregnant wife, who had been spitting blood, an emetic, then a purgative on the same day. This caused a miscarriage in 3 days, then death in 6 days.
Initiator of the complaintspouse of the patient
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
2 Nov 1599
EntryCitatory letters against F (and others) were to be written.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo be summoned.
Verdictcase not completed
5 June 1601
EntryIt was decided that WF, practitioner, should be arrested as soon as possible.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenF to be arrested.
Verdictcase not completed
5 May 1602
EntryMargaret Peacock complained that a vomit given by F three weeks previously had killed her husband, who had taken the medicine at 5 p.m. on a Friday and had had about 100 stools and vomits until he died after a haemorrhage at 9 p.m. on the Saturday.
Initiator of the complaintspouse of the patient
Action takenImprisoned in Wood Street Counter.
Verdictguilty
SentenceImprisoned in Wood Street Counter
Number of crimes1
25 June 1602
EntryF had been released from the Wood Street prison without the College's permission. College to sue the Keeper, Mr Nicholas.
Action takenKeeper of the prison to be sued.
4 Dec 1606
EntryDr Fryer complained about F and promised to produce a letter which revealed his fraud and trickery.
Action takenEvidence to be produced against F.


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