Rudolf Virchow


Rudolf Virchow


Appendectomy first became widely and safely practiced in the late nineteenth century. Someone asked Virchow whether it was indeed true that human beings can survive without the appendix. “Human beings, yes,” replied Virchow, “but not surgeons.”


Only those who regard healing as the ultimate goal of their efforts can, therefore, be designated as physicians.

~Rudolf Virchow
Biographical Note: 

Rudolf Virchow was a German physician, anthropologist, pathologist, prehistorian, biologist, writer, editor, and politician, known for his advancement of public health. A reformer in politics, he was the outspoken opponent of Otto von Bismarck. He played a large part in modernizing Berlin, and as director of Berlin’s Pathological Institute led or inspired much original research.