Rudolf Virchow Facts

Rudolf Virchow Facts
Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow (October 13, 1821 to September 5, 1902) was a German doctor, pathologist and politician. He is known as "the father of modern pathology" because of his work to bring more science to medicine.
Interesting Rudolf Virchow Facts:
Rudolf Virchow was born in Schievelbein, Germany.
His father was a farmer and the city treasurer.
He was a brilliant student and was fluent in German, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, English, French and Italian.
He graduated at the top of his class and was granted a scholarship become a military surgeon.
On October 21, 1843 he earned his M.D. from friedrich-Wilhelms Institute in Berlin with a thesis on corneal manifestations of rheumatic disease.
His internship was at the Charite Hospital in Berlin.
In 1844 he became an assistant to the pathologist, Robert Froriep and learned microscopy.
In 1845 Virchow published the first paper describing leukemia.
In 1847 he and his colleague Benno Reinhardt founded the Archiv fur pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und fur klinische Medizin which would only publish papers which met rigorous scientific standards.
His 190-page paper, Report on the Typhus Epidemic in Upper Silesia was published in 1847 and spurred an interest in public health in Germany.
Because he supported the Revolution of 1848, he lost his job at the Charite.
He started a newspaper, Die Medicinische Reform, to spread ideas of medicine as a social science and the physician as an advocate for the poor.
In 1849 he accepted the Chair of Pathological Anatomy at the University of Wurzburg.
In 1854 he returned to Charite as head of the Institute of Pathology.
He was one of the founders of the Deutsche Fortschrittspartei party and represented it in the Prussian House of Representatives.
He was a prodigious writer and wrote over 2000 scientific papers and manuscripts.
In 1858 he published his most famous work, Cellular Pathology, which built on the previous work of other scientists and rejected the idea of spontaneous generation.
He founded the fields of comparative pathology and cellular pathology and was the first to link human and animal diseases.
He described and named several diseases including leukemia and was the first to link cancer to normal cells.
Virchow named many medical and scientific terms including chromatin, parenchyma and spina bifida.
He traced the life cycle of the roundworm, trichinella spiralis, and proved the importance of meat inspection.
He invented the modern method of autopsy which used the systematic microscopic examination of all body parts.
Virchow was the first to discover the usefulness of hair analysis in criminal investigations.
He made extensive studies of hair, skin and eye color and stated that there was no Aryan race.
In 1861 he was elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and in 1862 was awarded the Copley Medal.


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