Thomas Browne, 1605--1682

03 Oct 1994 12:00

English physician, Christian apologist, experimenter (Needham credits him with some of the first experiments in embryology), believer in witch-craft, collector of oddities and writer of genius, possessed of a style which is almost the opposite of everything rhetors have been recommending for the last few centuries --- polysyllabic, Latinate, elaborate, serpentine, digressive --- which is however carried off with great skill and charm.