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September 7, 1964

CARL WEIGERT (1845-1904)

JAMA. 1964;189(10):769-770. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070100063018

The discoveries of Carl Weigert on the superiority of aniline dyes in the staining of morbid tissues are more widely recognized than his investigations into the fundamental concepts of the response of tissues to insult and repair. This is partially related to his taciturn ruminations in seminars and reticence in disseminating his philosophy of morbidity. Carl was born in Münsterberg, Silesia, in the same district and a few years earlier than his cousin, Paul Ehrlich, organic chemist and inventor of the modern concept of immunity. Weigert studied medicine at the universities of Breslau and Berlin and came under the influence of such outstanding medical scientists as Cohn, Heidenhain, Traube, and Virchow. Following graduation, he was assistant to Waldeyer in Breslau, and, after a tour of duty as regimental surgeon in the Franco-Prussian war, he returned once more to this community as assistant to Lebert in the Medical Clinic.1


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