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May 7, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(19):1670-1671. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730450064026

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Goethe as an Anatomist  The Berlin Medizinische Gesellschaft honored recently the memory of the great scientist Goethe by a special session, at which Privatdozent Dr. Julius Schuster spoke on Goethe as an investigator in the field of anatomy, and Dr. C. Hamburger, ophthalmologist, showed two experiments in demonstration of Goethe's theory of colors. Schuster showed, with the aid of numerous photographs, what Goethe sought to accomplish by his theory of "cranial vertebrae." The main problem was to discover whether the structural anatomy of the higher animals and man is in accordance with a special type or whether the same general structural plan extends through the whole series of mammals. Goethe endeavored to discover this structural plan through his researches on the intermaxillary bone. He sought to learn whether a corresponding bone exists in man, which was found then later through embryologic researches on fetal life. Goethe was thus one of