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August 8, 1966

William Harvey's Diploma From Padua

JAMA. 1966;197(6):407-408. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110060081020

To all and singular who shall see, read, or hear read the present special grant of a Doctorate, Sigismund de Capilisti, of Padua, Count of the Sacred Palace of the Lateran, and of the Court of the Caesars, and of the Imperial Consistory, etc., gives salutation in Him who is the Salvation of all men.

A praiseworthy custom was in vogue in old time among our ancestors, and has lasted to this day, that they who devoted themselves to the study of the various parts of divine learning, and became highly proficient therein, should be enrolled with due honour in the company of right learned men. A custom, indeed, of great sanctity, and instituted with excellent reason, for it is agreeable to law and justice that those who when proved in a fair contest are pronounced fit and worthy, should be crowned with the laurel of a Doctorate.

We therefore