The Rudolf Virchow House

About Rudolf Virchow

Rudolf Virchow was an eminent pathologist and politician, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential physicians in history. A founding father of both pathology and social medicine, Virchow analyzed the effects of disease in various organs and tissues of the human body. He identified that diseases are caused by malfunctioning cells.

A man of boundless energy, he simultaneously had four careers: medical scientist, editor of several medical journals, politician, and anthropologist. Although he played a tremendous part in ridding medicine of unscientific practices, he also made some rather large scientific errors. 



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