Virchow, Rudolf Carl


1821–1902 German pathologist, reformer and man of science who first systematically applied cell theory to the understanding of pathological processes.

Keywords: cell pathology; cancer

Further Reading

Virchow R (1971) Cellular Pathology, Chance F (transl.). New York: Dover Publications.

Ackerknecht EH (1953) Rudolf Virchow, Doctor, Statesman, Anthropologist. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Gillispie CC (ed.) (1970–1980) Dictionary of Scientific Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

Rather LJ (1958) Disease, Life, and Man: Selected Essays by Rudolf Virchow. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Rather LJ (1990) A Commentary on the Medical Writings of Rudolf Virchow. San Francisco: Norman Publishing.

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Bynum, WF(Apr 2002) Virchow, Rudolf Carl. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002415]