VIRCHOW, Rudolf. Cellular Pathology as Based upon
Physiological and Pathological Histology. London: John Churchill,
1860. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter calf rebacked, marbled boards.
First edition in English of one of the most
influential works in the history of medicine.
made cellular pathology into a system of overwhelming importance. His
main statement of the theory was given in a series of 20 lectures in
1858. The lectures, published in 1858 as his book Die
Cellularpathologie in ihrer Begründung auf physiologische und
pathologische Gewebenlehre (Cellular Pathology as Based upon
Physiological and Pathological Histology), at once transformed
scientific thought in the whole field of biology" (Britannica).
Virchow's theory that the changes in cells account for diseases in
organs revolutionized the field of medicine, leading to a profound
growth in the understanding of the mechanisms responsible for diseases. Printing and the
Mind of Man 307c. Garrison-Morton 2299; (both for the original German
first edition). Two institutional stamps (partially removed) on title
page, otherwise fine in handsome binding.