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Sir Thomas More as Public Health Reformer

Nature volume 158, pages 732735 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation



SIR THOMAS MORE was a great forerunner of Edwin Chadwick in public health reform. More is renowned as saint and martyr; he was an eloquent orator, an eminent statesman and legislator, Speaker of the House of Commons, royal ambassador and Lord Chancellor, a master of English prose, and a classical scholar. These great gifts united in one man, in the very blaze of their glory have obscured Sir Thomas's teaching and work in public health and social medicine.

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