Rudolph Virchow

Rudolph VirchowRudolph Carl Virchow (1821 -1902) is included here because of his strong opposition to the evolutionary teach­ings of Darwin and Haeckel, as well as his strong social conscience. He opposed the racist teachings of Nietzsche and Bismarck and was responsible for major hospital reforms and public health measures. He was active in anthropological and archeological research and believed these supported the Biblical view of history. However, his main scientific contributions were in the field of medicine. He is considered the father of modern pathology and the study of cellular diseases. He was the first to describe leukemia and made many other important contributions. He also entered actively into politics and fought vigorous­ly against allowing evolutionist teachings in the schools of Germany. On the other hand, he was considered a radical and a materialist by many, and the real nature of his religious convictions is unknown.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.

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