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Dr. Stephen BradwellA man from London, who was admitted to the College of Physicians in 1594, despite lacking his MD. Dr. Bradwell was noted for his "courageous service," during an epidemic of the plague. He gained "considerable influence and intellectual ability." The son-in-law of the distinguished physician, John Banister, Dr. Bradwell nevertheless found himself often at odds with the College, as well as his notorious "insolence, alleged ignorance, and unseemly advertising." Dr. Bradwell published numerous religious and scientific works, including "Mary Glover's Late Woeful Case" (1603). Involved in the Mary Glover case quite early on, Dr. Bradwell was one among many physicians that "perpetuated a division," as to the cause of Mary Glover's symptoms. Mary Glover was a young girl suffering from mysterious fits, allegedly caused by the curses of the old woman, Elizabeth Jackson. Dr. Bradwell believed that Mary Glover suffered from supernatural causes, and was brought to petition by Elizabeth Jackson on November 13, 1602, in front of many fellows of the College of Physicians. These allegations were brought up against Dr. Mounford, and Dr. Herring as well. Dr. Bradwell explained the symptoms of Mary Glover to the fellows, and "stressed that whenever Jackson came into her presence, she said, 'hang her, hang her' through her nostrils." Many of the fellows believed that Jackson was innocent. After Jackson was nonetheless condemned for witchcraft at her trial, Dr. Bradwell wrote his text "Mary Glover's Late Woeful Case," largely in response to the text a physician with an opposing view (that Mary Glover's sickness was natural) wrote: Dr. Edward Jorden's "A Briefe Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother." Dr. Bradwell's account of Mary Glover's sickness is the longest and most complete, but also one of the most biased. He follows his account of the proceedings around Mary Glover and Elizabeth Jackson's trial with a rebuking of Dr. Jorden, attacking his fellow physician on many grounds, including Dr. Jorden's "fearfull scholarship" and lack of ability to account for all of Mary Glover's symptoms. Dr. Bradwell himself attempts to diagnose the girl, concluding that contagion, and natural disease could not be responsible for Mary Glover's sickness, including the suffocation of the mother, and rather that the Devil was tormenting the young girl. (xvi)Bradwell had been admitted to the College without an MD in 1594, partly because of his courageous service during a serious epidemic of plague that struck London a year earlier. He had been practising for some time without a licence, and he had stepped in when many of the regular physicians had refused to serve. Despite his lack of academic credentials, he had considerable influence and intellectual ability. He was the son-in-law of the distinguished City physician John Banister, and he had published religious and scientific works. The latter included a preface to Gerard's Herbal, advocating that the College found a lectureship in chemistry. His interesting in a science associated with Paracelsianism may have been one of the reasons why he was often at odds with the Fellows. Numerous complaints about his insolence, alleged ignorance and unseemly advertising were laid against him between 1607 and 1610. ()