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THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1911;LVII(11):904-906. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090126022.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1911

VIRCHOW'S GENEROSITY  It is well known that in the last years of his life Virchow was very much of a reactionary. He who, in his ardent youth, had been a fiery champion of democracy and a passionate advocate of the improvement of medicine and public hygiene in the broadest sense, in later years, as our German confrères have been not slow to remind us, became a typical caviler and a sort of cool devil's advocate in regard to many things of the utmost importance to the great preventive movement of our time.There is no need to censure Virchow for his lukewarm attitude toward Darwinism. He was an expert anthropologist and craniologist and his views on natural selection and the descent

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