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August 1963

Perennially Young

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(2):149-153. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860020047001

In the summer of 1960, I happened to visit both the British Museum and Westminster Abbey during the same week. This juxtaposition in time and place brought many associations, but none so strong as the Rosetta Stone and Thomas Young's great epitaph in the Abbey. I realized that I knew next to nothing of Young, a great scientist who was also one of medicine's neglected heroes. I found that a biography was still in print, and here is what I found. My first exposure to Young, in the austere pages of a college physics book, left only the faintest trace but perhaps set up an anamnestic charge that later evoked an ample response. Many times since then one or another of the many aspects of this multifaceted genius have come to my attention, generally in some casual way.

This book was written largely by Alex Wood, completed after Wood's death

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