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September 13, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(11):635. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480370043008

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The death of Virchow removes from the active rolls of science and the medical profession one of its greatest names. Many, perhaps the majority, would say without any reservation that his was the greatest name of all. We know what he was in medicine, but he was illustrious in other lines; his wonderful and versatile ability was not concentrated alone on scientific medicine; he was great as an archeologist and anthropologist and also as a statesman and philanthropist. From the revolutionary year 1848, when he first entered the political field, till his death his interest in public matters never failed, thus demonstrating that the highest scientific labors and attainments were in him perfectly compatible with active engagements in the highest duties of citizenship. What he has done for his country as a legislator is little known to most of those to whom his scientific reputation is familiar, and not all

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