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This is another contribution to a series of brief biographies of German masters of medicine, the previous numbers including lives of Virchow, Ehrlich, DuBois-Reymond, Billroth, Koch and Skoda. The biography of Pettenkofer represents a life large in contribution to medicine and to letters, beginning with a sonnet written in 1844 on modern chemistry, and following with numerous works in chemistry, physiology, hygiene and epidemiology. As early as 1865, Pettenkofer began contributing essays for the instruction of the public in hygiene, and continued this interesting aspect of his work until the end. It is well for the students of the present to have recorded the inspiring lives of the great scientists of the past.
Meister der Heilkunde.. JAMA. 1926;87(2):120. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680020048035