Was Sir Francis Bacon a rare disease researcher?

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Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was a philosopher, politician, scientist and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.

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In 1620 he wrote his classical text, Novum Organum, or “Aphorisms Concerning The Interpretation of Nature and the Kingdom of Man”

In this text he put forward the suggestion that:-

“We have to make a collection or particular natural history of all prodigies and monstrous births of nature; of everything that is new, rare, and unusual. This must be done, however, with the strictest scrutiny, that fidelity may be ensured…………”

“…..by rare and extraordinary works of nature the understanding is excited and raised to the investigation and discovery of forms capable of including them.”

Is this what we now refer to as DEEP PHENOTYPING ?

Answers on a postcard please.

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