PIERS, ?Peter


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'PIERS, ?Peter', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17714 Date accessed: 25 November 2014.


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?Peter PIERS


Name?Peter PIERS (PETER)
Primary occupationmedical surgeon (Surgeon. Author 1579)
Period of medical practice1577-1609
Place of birthEngland (of Kent)
Address?Kent 1587. Ratley [Ratcliffe S Lond] 1599
Other notesAccused 1587 & 1599. ?Practising in Ipswich in 1578?

Known London address

Ratley, Ratlief

Censorial hearings

2 June 1587
EntryP, surgeon, of Kent, was charged with illicit practice. He denied it. In his book of 1579 he had described a pill (*), and had given it to Mr Laborn the surgeon. He was accused of having often given it himself. Evidence was taken wch showed that people had been killed by that pill. P could not clear himslelf of having given this pill and other medicines.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenImprisoned until he could clear himself.
2 Nov 1599
EntryP, a surgeon of Ratley [=Ratcliffe, South London], was to be summoned.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo be summoned.
2 May 1600
EntryP, a surgeon of Ratley, was accused of malpractice, and convicted.
Action takenImprisoned in Wood Street and fined £5.
SentenceImprisoned in Wood Street and fined £5
5 July 1600
EntryP, surgeon, was examined on the death of Mr LUKE. He had advised and prescribed a vomitory potion of 4 grains of antimony. LUKE had died, but whether he took the potion was debated.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action taken?None.
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1

PIAT, Raphe
PIGOT, William