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However, few charged `a featherbed cover' which `a woman called Pople' did in 1599 for a cure. Annals of the College of Physicians in the typescript transcription and translation by the Royal College of Physicians (abbreviated as Annals), 2, fol. 193a; 2, fol. 199b; 3, fol. 207a; 2, fol. 140a. Fundamental are: R. S. Roberts, `The Personnel and Practice of Medicine in Tudor and Stuart England Part I. The Provinces', Medical History, 6, 1962, 363 ±82, esp. 369, and `The Personnel and Practice of Medicine in Tudor and Stuart England Part II.
Moreover, it kept medicine away from the death bed. Ministers insisted that the physician leave the bedside if the prognosis was imminent death. The time of dying was seen as a Christian ritual: the passing from this life to the next whilst beset by the temptations of the devil; a time when worldly affairs were settled and spiritual meditation prepared one for death. From the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century the `art of dying' in its different guises helped to make dying a religious rather than a medical event.
The London College of Physicians, founded in 1518 along the model of the Italian city colleges of physicians, and the London guilds of barbers and surgeons, which were formally united in 1540, were limited to the metropolis. Like other trades, the provincial barber-surgeons, 43 44 Thomas Brockbank, The Diary and Letter Book of the Rev. Thomas Brockbank 1671± 1709, ed. R. Trappes Lomax (Chetham Society, Manchester, 1930), pp. 36± 7, 39. On small hospitals or homes for the mad (`mad-houses') see A.