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February 11, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(6):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960410080024

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, Nov. 19, 1955, page 1214, the editorial "Medical Students as Scientific Discoverers" omitted several observers included in Victor Robinson's foreword to "Musical Sons of Aesculapius," by Dr. Willard Marmelszadt (New York, Froben Press, 1946). Robinson mentioned that Lorenzo Bellini was 19 when he published his discovery (1662) of the kidney tubules, or ducts of Bellini; Adolph Wendt, in Purkinje's laboratory, discovered (1833) the sweat glands of the human skin; and Thomas Huxley, while a student at Charing Cross Hospital, at age 19, discovered (1845) the layer of cells or membrane in the root sheath of human hair, which bears his name. Robinson suggests that those interested in discoveries by medical students should consult "Eminent Undergraduate Observers," by David Fraser Harris (Med. Life32:111, 1925) and the introduction, by Hyman Morrison, in the English translation of Paul Langerhans' "Contributions to the Microscopic Anatomy of

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