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November 11, 1968


JAMA. 1968;206(7):1561-1562. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150070099022

Julius Friedrich Cohnheim, successor to Virchow and his most apt pupil, was born in Demmin, Pomerania, in northern Prussia.1 He received his gymnasium training at Prenzlau and, overcoming the handicap of family and financial misfortunes, began the study of medicine at the University of Berlin at the age of 17. Because his father was forced to flee the country and went to Australia, his early training was the responsibility of his mother who, in turn, depended upon him for support. Cohnheim interrupted his medical education in Berlin to study with von Kólliker in Wúrzburg and to audit a term at Greifswald. Returning to Berlin, his doctoral thesis was prepared under the direction of Virchow at the Pathological Institute of the Charity Hospital, one of the great intellectual centers of medicine in Europe. Von Recklinghausen and Klebs were Virchow's assistants who, together with Traube, professor of medicine, undoubtedly offered great