July 27, 1963

Sir Thomas Browne

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Norwich, England

JAMA. 1963;185(4):327. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060040111039

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To the Editor:—  Many doctors throughout the world know that Sir Thomas Browne, when his Religio Medici was published, was living in Norwich, England, the city in which he worked as a family doctor for 46 years. Here he wrote his Urn Burial and other books, and was knighted when Charles II visited Norwich in 1671. He died in 1682 and was buried, as was his wife 2 years later, in the parish church of St. Peter Mancroft, where the family had worshipped for many years.Browne's writings have been read and admired by generations of doctors, not least renowned amongst these being Sir William Osler, whose devotion to Browne was unbounded. Sir William visited Norwich early in this century and was shocked to find the skull of his favorite author casually on the shelves of the museum in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. (It had been "knaved out" of

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