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August 22, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(8):216-220. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391070020008

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THE BATTLE OF CELLS AND BACTERIA.  BY RUDOLPH VIRCHOW.[Translated for the JOURNAL from Virchow's Archiv, Bd. CI, Hft. 1, by A. S. von Mansfelde, M.D., of Ashland, Neb., assisted by Alice E. Huff, M.D., of Ashland, Neb.]Many years ago, as is well known, I formulated the proposition " Omnis cellula a cellula," as a substitute for that of Harvey, " Omne vivum ex ovo." The cellular theory of life immediately pointed to a cellular theory of disease, and my conclusions were the result of comparing the lowest plants and animals with the cells of higher plants and animals. Just at the time when I arrived at the theory of evolution, from the epigenetic conception of various pathological processes, when I put the parental propagation of cells in place of plastic substances and deposits, so-called unicellular plants and animals occupied the foreground of attention in botany and zoölogy. Much in the

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