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Petrarch, physicians, and controlled trials

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.141 (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:141
  1. Olivier Nardi, consultant cardiologist
  1. European Hospital Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

    On 20 July 2004 the 700th birthday of Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) will be celebrated.

    Petrarch, a founding father of humanism, is known for his poetry and correspondence. Because most medieval physicians defended scholasticism, he was not a friend of the medical profession. Many of his letters …

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