A Letter to a Friend
A Letter to a Friend (written 1656; published posthumously in 1690), by Sir Thomas Browne, the 17th century philosopher and physician, is a medical treatise of case-histories and witty speculations upon the human condition.
It is believed to be the source of a term Mary Leitao found in 2001 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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