Muller's Lab

Muller's Lab

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Many scientific structures and systems are named after Johannes Muller, one of the most respected anatomists and physiologists of the 19th century. Muller was a mentor to many scientists of his age, many of whom would go on to make trail-blazing discoveries of their own. Among them were Theodor Schwann, who demonstrated that all animals are made of cells; Hermann Helmholtz, who measured the velocity of nerve impulses; and Rudolf Virchow, who convinced doctors to think of disease at the cellular level. This book tells Muller's story by interweaving it with that of seven of his most famous students. Muller suffered from depression and insomnia at the same time as he was doing his most important scientific work, and may have committed suicide at age 53. Like Muller, his most prominent students faced personal and social challenges as they practiced cutting-edge science. Virchow was fired for his political activism, Jakob Henle was jailed for membership in a dueling society, and Robertshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 160 x 238.8 x 33mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 019530697X
  • 9780195306972

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...an exceedingly well researched and well written approach to an intricate narrative. * Doody's Notes *show more

Table of contents

Introduction: The Lab That Never Was ; 1. Muller's Net ; 2. Cells and Selves: The Training of Jackob Henle and Theodor Schwann ; 3. Emil Du Bois-Reymond as a Scientific and Literary Creator ; 4. Physiological Bonds: The Training of Hermann von Helmholtz ; 5. Rudolf Virchow's Scientific Politics ; 6. Banned from the Academy: the Mentoring of Robert Remak ; 7. Ernst Haeckel's Evolving Narrativesshow more

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