Rudolf Virchow's Impact On Modern Biological Sciences

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Rudolf Virchow could be considered one of the greatest biologists of 19th century, and perhaps even of all history. His abundance of work is also mostly accurate, sparing a couple minor and major misconceptions. He has even received an award for his efforts. This pathologist has greatly impacted modern biological sciences. Before one learns his achievements, it is imperative to know his early years. On October 13, 1821, Rudolf Virchow was born in rural Pomerania, an area in Prussia. He lived as an only child (Kearl, 2015). As a child, he had a fascination of the natural world. Virchow earned a great education because of his gift of intelligence (“Virchow, Rudolf Carl,” 2015). Originally, Virchow sought to be a pastor. He abandoned this thought…show more content…
One of his biggest discoveries is the formation of cells. In 1855, Virchow stated that cells are made from other cells, which is still proven to be true today. He is not considered the first person to state this, but once he suggested this many other scientists took this thought seriously. Prior to this, it was understood that imbalances in the body produced a substance called blastema, which caused cells to be made. He is attributed to performing the first organized autopsy, which is now a common medical practice. The discovery of Leukemia is also accredited to him. In 1847, Rudolf and a fellow physician, Benno Reinhardt, published their own scientific journal. In said journal, the two asserted that medical practices should be based on only well-proven science. The duo rejected several contemporary medical practices that had been around for ages, such as Galen’s use of “humors” which was later proven to be incorrect (Doc, 2015). He later began to publish textbooks such as Cellular Pathology (Titford, 2015). Virchow also was an advocate of the improvement of public health for all social classes. In the medical science field, Virchow made an abundance of other discoveries. He published more than 2,000 scientific books and papers throughout his life, mainly in microscopic pathology. The British Royal Society’s Copley Medal, the greatest award in science at the time, in 1892. Other notable recipients of
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