, Volume 257, Issue 9, pp 1585-1586
Date: 15 Apr 2010

Bernhard Pollack (1865–1928)

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Bernhard Pollack wrote the first standard reference on histological staining methods for the nervous system [7]. He worked at Berlin’s First Anatomical Institute, headed by Wilhelm Waldeyer [6], the Neuropsychiatric Institute of Emanuel Mendel [1], the Institute for Infectious Diseases directed by the later Nobel laureate Robert Koch [3], and at the research laboratory of the Eye Clinic with Paul Silex [4, 8, 10]. He collaborated with Max Bielschowsky [1] and Edward Flatau [9], who called Pollack “the man with the great work on the nervous system”.

Born into a Prussian-Jewish family, Pollack was the youngest of five children [5]. He became fluent in German, French, Italian, English, Polish, Latin and Greek. His father Jakob was a tradesman who amassed a commanding fortune by being a supplier to the Prussian Army during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866; his mother’s family (Ledermann) came from Silesia (Fig. 1).Fig. 1

Bernhard Pollack (1901). Credit: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_ ...