From von Rokitansky to von Recklinghausen to Cullen

  • Ronald E. Batt


At the top of the hierarchy of the Vienna Medical School in the 1860s, Rokitansky was aware of the growing academic sentiment that macroscopic morbid pathological anatomy was no longer at the cutting edge of medical research.1 By mid-nineteenth century, the precision, control, and reproducibility of experimental science “had greatly increased scientists’ understanding of the laws governing chemical, physiological, and physical processes…For this reason physicians viewed experimental physiology, more than pathological anatomy or the clinical sciences, as the cornerstone of scientific medicine.”2 Publication of Virchow’s Cellularpathologie in 1858 had opened the era of physiologic pathology and sounded the death knell of macroscopic pathologic anatomy.3 Though he did not embrace experimentation or routine microscopic examinations of tissues in his own research, in his ministerial position at the University, Rokitansky had prepared himself, his department, and the University for this important transition.4


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald E. Batt
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  1. 1.State University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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