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Studying Medicine In Leiden In The 1630s

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At the time of Thomas Browne?s matriculation Leiden University had become a mature institution. Leiden University was set up as a Protestant institution right from the beginning, but it was not the intention of the founders to bind the professors and students to one true faith. Leiden University?s aim was to offer a modernized medical education. The University used the botanical garden and the anatomy theatre as what amounted to a publicity campaign, to propagate its new approach in teaching. In 1610 four copper engravings, after drawings by Jan Cornelisz Woudt, were issued. A profound study of the medical classics was still considered a principal and essential tool for medical students to acquire medical knowledge. Thomas Browne?s stay in Leiden was thus relatively short. Apparently he graduated under article XXIII of the new Statutes, which accepted certain criteria as equivalent to equivalent to attendance at certain courses.

Keywords: Leiden University; medical education; Thomas Browne



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