Dr Rudolph Virchow, the Father of Pathology

Dr Rudolph Virchow, the Father of Pathology

This book highlights the life of Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902), a 19th-century Renaissance man, physician, academic, writer, biologist, scientist, anthropologist, politician, and public health advocate and leading figure in the medical, political and intellectual life of Germany. It provides details of his personal letters, his many innovations and discoveries, and his life in politics, all set in the context of his extraordinary time. What is perhaps most characteristic of Virchow is that he looked at life in the most microscopic detail (he was called the “Father of Pathology”) and simultaneously from a much larger cultural and public health perspective. A particular fascination of this book is the role Virchow played in studying morphology and race during the time of an emergent socialist movement, rising anti-Semitism, and cultural superiority in German. The book will appeal to a global readership, including physicians, scientists, anthropologists and historians and anyone interested in 19th century medical life and racial and health equality.


Dr Robert A. Norman is a board-certified dermatologist and family practitioner who has been in practice for over 30 years. He is a faculty member (Clinical Professor) for several medical schools, and has been honored with numerous service and teaching awards, including Physician of the Year, Distinguished Service Award in Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Bay Medical Hero Award, and the Hadassah Humanitarian Award. Dr Norman has written 52 books, including The Blue Man and other Stories of the Skin and Discover Magazine's Vital Signs--True Tales of Medical Mysteries, Obscure Diseases, and Life-Saving Diagnoses. He has been the editor and contributing writer of eight books on geriatrics and geriatric dermatology, and has published over 250 articles.

“Rudolf Virchow was, among other things, the physician-scientist who taught us how to define disease physiologically, and one of the founding figures of public health, firmly rejecting the notion that doctors have no responsibility for improving the social conditions that sicken us. Who better than Dr Rob Norman to tell Virchow’s story?”
Melvin Konner, MD, PhD
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Department of Anthropology, Program in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Emory University

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ISBN: 1-5275-7732-5

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7732-9

Release Date: 1st February 2022

Pages: 175

Price: £58.99