November 2, 1964


JAMA. 1964;190(5):467. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070180065016

Sir Christopher Wren, genius of architecture and one of the founders of British science, neither practiced medicine nor devoted any significant portion of his time to the medical sciences. Nevertheless, his contributions to anatomical drawing and experimental physiology have been firmly inscribed in the archives of medical history. Line drawings for Thomas Willis' Cerebri Anatome and infusion experiments on a dog are highlights in this category. He assisted Scarburgh in anatomical experiments, prepared anatomical models of the muscles of the body, and designed an artificial eye. with the humors accurately and dioptrically made.

Christopher came of an honorable family; his father was dean of Windsor and chaplain to Charles I. Because of the boy's tender health, he was privately tutored before studying at Westminster School and later at Wadham College, Oxford.1 In the meantime, he had shown his inventive brilliance, having devised a pneumatic engine and a farm implement

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