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December 1963

The Doctor From Norwich

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):986-987. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060198026

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As the result of a worldwide appeal to the medical profession on behalf of a fund to restore the parish church of St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich, England, I have recently been reminded once again of the perennial Sir Thomas Browne. It appears that the old church in which Browne is buried is threatened with structural disaster, and work is in progress to restore the walls and roof. The text of the appeal links Sir Thomas very neatly with our profession, reading in part as follows:

Many doctors throughout the world know that Sir Thomas Browne, when his Religio Medici was published, was living in Norwich, 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 two years

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