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Famine Fever 

and some of the other 

Cognate Forms of 

Rudolt Virchow 

On Famine Fever 

and Some of the Other Cognate Forms of Typhus 

Rudolf Virchow 

R. Virchow 

Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902), professor of medicine and pathology at the Charité 
Hospital in Berlin, published more than 2000 papers and dozens of books. His 
investigation of the 1847-1848 typhus epidemic in Upper Silesia laid the foundations 
of public health in Germany. During the Revolution of 1848, Virchow helped found a 
journal promoting medicine as a social science. For physicians, his contributions to 
the understanding of the pathophysiology of disease and to the working vocabulary of 
medicine were fundamental, but Virchow also believed that social injustice and 
political oppression lay at the heart of many illnesses and that "the physician is the 
natural attorney of the poor." 

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Famine Fever, Cognate Forms of Typhus 


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