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May 13, 1961


JAMA. 1961;176(6):523. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040190045015

Sir Thomas Browne, one of the great writers of English literature who belonged to the medical profession, was born in the first decade of the 17th century. This was a period of English history when mysticism, astrology, witchcraft, and the appeal of ancient writings were under critical scrutiny. Scientific inquiry was beginning to replace superstition and fantasy. The church and state were deeply involved and were waiting for leaders to direct the course of civilization. Anglicans, Puritans, and Catholics rallied their supporters in religion as did the Cromwellians and the Royalists in political affairs. Religio Medici, A Letter to a Friend, Vulgar Errors, and Christian Morals1 are the best known works of the physician who was born in 1605, 3 years before the birth of Milton and 11 years before William Harvey discovered the circulation of blood. The first unauthorized edition of Religio Medici was published in 1642, the

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