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January 1964

The Doctor's Religion: A Browne Study

Author Affiliations

Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(1):1-6. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280070003001

Devotees of Thomas Browne, historians, antiquarians, physicians of good will, and thoughful people in general will be pleased to know that heroic efforts are going into the preservation of St. Peter Mancroft's Church in Norwich where Browne worshiped and was buried. Later his skull was "knaved out" of his grave, many years before another of Sir William Osler's efforts came to fruition with the restoration of the skull to the other part of the skeleton. The appalling cost of saving and restoring a monument of this kind needs to be shared widely in the great republic of medicine. I urge all physicians to make a contribution towards the restoration of this church, thus keeping another memorial from falling into ruin.

Attention was called to this effort to save the church in a letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (185:327 1963). In it the Vicar, F.S. Jarvis,

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