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December 1963

Doctor Thomas Campion

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):985-986. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060197025

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Not long ago in these columns (March, 1963) I wrote about Thomas Campion whose achievement was unique, inasmuch as he not only was a physician in active practice but also attained a measure of immortality in the field of both music and poetry. To supplement my remarks I quote some interesting notes by the English writer, Walter de la Mare, which come from his engaging anthology Come Hither (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1941).

Thomas Compion was "borne upon Ash Weddensday being the twelft day of February. An. Rg. Eliz. nono"—1567. He had one sister, Rose. He was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and this was his yearly allowance of clothes: "A gowne, a cap, a hat, ii dubletes, ii payres of hose, iii payres of nether-stockes, vi payres of shoes, ii shirts, and two bandes." He was allowed also one quire of paper every quarter; and half a pound

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