Author: Marco Steinert Santos
Digital ISBN: 978-989-26-0503-6
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Date: September 2008
Price: 10,50 €
Size: 240 mm x 170 mm
N.º pages: 154
This work takes as its backdrop the transition between traditional medicine to modern scientific medicine in the 1940s. Inextricably connected to this revolution is the figure of Virchow, the central character of this work. Today, Virchow is really only known to doctors as the father of cell pathology. However, he was much more than this. In fact, his life and deeds are distinguished not only in medical science but also in the emerging sciences of his time, such as anthropology and archaeology. He was also an eminent politician both on the level of the civitas (Berlin) and nationally (deputy in the Landtag of the State of Prússia and deputy in the Reichstag). In many respects, his thoughts are still modern and up-to-date and still to be fulfilled, particularly in the area of health policy, and for this reason alone, anyone involved in healthcare administration or practice would benefit from reading this. In short, the Virchow that is presented here is someone that continues to be an example of life and vitality in scientific, political, moral and above all human/humanitarian terms.