A Letter to a Friend
A Letter to a Friend (written 1656; published posthumously in 1690), by the 17th century philosopher and physician Sir Thomas Browne is a medical treatise of case-histories and witty speculations upon the human condition.
It is believed to be the source from where in 2001 Mary Leitao found a name to describe her son's skin condition. She chose the name 'Morgellons disease' from a skin condition described by Browne in Letter to a Friend thus-
"that endemial distemper of children in Languedoc, called the morgellons, wherein they critically break out with harsh hairs on their backs." 
There is however no suggestion that the symptoms described by Browne are linked to the alleged modern cases of Morgellons.
- 'The Major Works of Sir Thomas Browne' edited and with an Introduction by C.A. Partides. Penguin 1977
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