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April 1951

Sir Thomas Browne: A Doctor's Life of Science and Faith.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;87(4):625-626. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810040150021

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Sir William Osler had much to do in modern times with popularizing the genial physician author of "Religio Medici," and now Dr. Finch, of Princeton, has done a first rate job in presenting vividly the life and times of Sir Thomas Browne. The scholarly bibliographical notes take the book out of the class of trivial popular biography. After closing the volume, the reviewer got down his works of Thomas Browne, so elegantly edited by Geoffrey Keynes and reread part of the "Religio." It is indeed fine and pleasant writing, but in these days of storm and disillusionment it is hard to recapture the vanished mood of the age of Pepys and Sydenham. Be this as it may, Dr. Finch's book makes pleasant and worth while reading for anyone with medical or historical interests.

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