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Francis Bacon

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(5):585-589. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860110055001.
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The name Bacon is one for us to reckon with. Not only do we have the legacy of Roger Bacon in his early flurry of stirring gusts of turbulence as he marched through the pageant of history with strange new ideas of science, but just consider Francis Bacon. He was one of the few we could name as great architects of ideas and words among all the English speaking people. A few natives of Virginia may remember reading of another "Bacon's rebellion" with its implications and sidelights on the history of our country and its problems today. These should not be overlooked even though they may deal only or mainly with the wrong side of the anticlinical ridge of ideas.

It was little more than 400 years ago, the third year of Queen Elizabeth's reign, to be exact Jan 22, 1561, that Francis Bacon was born into one of the


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