The bio-medical pursuits of Christopher Wren
GIBSON, WILLIAM CARLETON
Medical History, Vol.14:4 (1970)
In a year characterized by men walking about on the moon, some will ask why we should concern ourselves with the exploits of a great architect,once a geometer and mathematician, an astronomer, the father of blood transfusion and above all-a great public servant.My answer is simply that in the commemoration of another great citizen-scientist, Dr. Sydney Monckton Copeman, a physician with universal interests,nothing is more fitting than a recital of those parts of Christopher Wren’s career which betray a life long interest in biology and medicine,too often over looked by his admirers. Nor is this year of men landing on the moon foreign to the interests of our good Christopher Wren, for he was a child of six years, at Windsor, when in 1638 his friend and mentor there,the Reverend John Wilkins published his famous Discovery of a World in the Moon.