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Pathology in Germany long antedated the formation of the German Pathological Society, and the interchange of ideas and dissemination of information took place through sections of medical and other scientific societies. However, in 1897, Virchow, then 76 years old, and his former pupil, von Recklinghausen, 64 years old, were the principals in the establishment of this special society. Pathology was orientated as a field of medicine, and within the year numerous eminent clinicians became members. This volume, written to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary, in 1947, was prepared in "schwerster Notzeit des Vaterlandes." The first part gives an account of the foundation and development of the organization, analysis of the programs and the special topics for the meetings. Virchow was president for the first four years, but thereafter the chair changed hands annually. Included are brief biographic sketches of each president, which outline the person and his place in the progress
Fünfzig Jahre Pathologie in Deutschland: Ein Gedenkbuch zum 50jährigen Bestehen der Deutschen Pathologischen Gesellschaft (1897-1947). JAMA. 1950;144(6):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060066027