GEYNES, John

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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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'GEYNES, John', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17459 Date accessed: 02 September 2014.


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John GEYNES

Biography

NameJohn GEYNES (GAYNES, GENES, GENYNGS, JANYS, JAYNES, JAYNYS, JENYNS, JENYS, JEYNES, JEYNYS)
GenderMale
Primary occupationmedical physician (MD) (Physician)
Period of medical practice1532-1563
Date of birthc.1505
Date of death23 Jul 1563
AddressPort of Grace (Newhaven) 1563
Other notesAnti-Galenist & thus in trouble with College 1559-60. Recanted. FRCP 1560.

College membership

Date of BA1526
Date of MA1529
Medical education (university)Oxford
Medical education (years)6
Date of license to practise1532
MB1532
Date of MD1535
Date became Fellow15/11/1560
Date of Fellowship1560-1563
Date elected censor1561-1563
Date made Elect1562
In trouble before membershipYes
Other notesAnti-Galen 1559. Recanted 1560. MD Oxon 1535.
Date of birthc.1505
Date of death23 Jul 1563

Censorial hearings

22 Dec 1559
Entry'John Geynes, that influential and not unwise man, was ordered to show the College within one month all the written evidence justifying his claim to all, learned and otherwise, that Galen had erred on certain points: this he was to do in the presence of everyone in the College gathered in the regular Comitia, for he was not ashamed to indict the man. This action was taken on the same day, the twenty second.'
Action takenTo appear at a full Comitia and prove his assertions.
Number of crimes1
30 Oct 1560
Entry'In December of the previous year, John Geynes, a physician, had been summoned to appear because he had been accustomed to declare in public that Galen had erred: ... But since he refused to come ' sensibly, he was constrained by the sheriffs of London ... to appear or else be committed to jail.' So he appeared with 22 counts in writing against Galen. 'these discussions lasted three days, namely the thirtieth of October and fourth and fifth of November this year.'
Action takenG was engaged in public debate on the merits of Galen. See next.
4 Nov 1560
EntrySecond day of public debate.
Action takenG was engaged in public debate on the merits of Galen. See next.
5 Nov 1560
EntryThird day of public debate. 'During these days of the discussion in the defence of Galen, the Fellows could find no evidence in the points brought forward by Geynes that Galen had committed any errors. However as Geynes was unable to justify his claims, he made a public declaration that Galen was not at fault ... He confirmed these points by signing the following statement: I, John Geynes, do acknowledge that Galen has not made any mistakes in those matters which I brought against him. The writing of Geynes himself in his own hand appears most distinctly on the forty second folio of the record book. Having made this submission and reconciliation, and seeing the danger of improving too far ... he was admitted a Fellow on 15 November of the present year 1560.'
Action takenG lost the debate, publicly recanted and was later made FRCP.
Verdictguilty
SentenceTo recant in public and become College member


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