An authorised text appeared in 1643, with some of the more controversial views removed.
The book is significant in the history of science because it promoted an awareness of up-to-date scientific journalism.
Browne's last publication during his lifetime were two philosophical Discourses which are closely related to each other in concept.
The first, Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial, or a Brief Discourse of the Sepulchral Urns lately found in Norfolk (1658) inspired by the discovery of some Bronze Age burials in earthenware vessels found in Norfolk, resulted in a literary meditation upon death, the funerary customs of the world and the ephemerality of fame.
The other discourse in the diptych is antithetical in style, subject-matter and imagery.
The Garden of Cyrus, or The Quincuncial Lozenge, or Network Plantations of the Ancients, Artificially, Naturally, and Mystically Considered (1658) features the quincunx which is used by Browne to demonstrate evidence of the Platonic forms in art and nature.
In Religio Medici, Browne confirmed his belief, in accordance with the vast majority of seventeenth century European society, in the existence of angels and witchcraft. Edmunds witch trial, where his citation of a similar trial in Denmark may have influenced the jury's minds of the guilt of two accused women, who were subsequently executed for the crime of witchcraft. Obliged to honour a notable local, the name of the Mayor of Norwich was proposed to the King for knighthood.In 1671 King Charles II, accompanied by the Court, visited Norwich. The Mayor, however, declined the honour and proposed Browne's name instead.The courtier John Evelyn, who had occasionally corresponded with Browne, took good use of the royal visit to call upon "the learned doctor" of European fame and wrote of his visit, "His whole house and garden is a paradise and Cabinet of rarities and that of the best collection, amongst Medails, books, Plants, natural things". Sir Thomas Browne died on his 77th birthday, 19 October 1682.; 19 October 1605 – 19 October 1682) was an English polymath and author of varied works which reveal his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, religion and the esoteric.Browne's writings display a deep curiosity towards the natural world, influenced by the scientific revolution of Baconian enquiry.Browne's literary works are permeated by references to Classical and Biblical sources as well as the idiosyncrasies of his own personality.