[Footnote 7: Morbid Tumors.]
It must not be supposed that it was by his literary work alone, founded though it was manifestly on his profound study, that Virchow impressed his personality upon medicine; it was in his lectures and in his laboratory teaching, too, that he made himself felt. In all civilized countries there are many devoted workers in medical science who caught their first real inspiration from Virchow.
The writer once saw Virchow—only once, but it was a sight never to be forgotten. It was at a banquet given as one of the festivities incident to the annual meeting of the British Medical Association in London in 1873. The company was not a large one, but it included such celebrities as Professor J. Burdon Sanderson, Sir William Jenner, Professor Chauveau, and Professor Marey. Virchow was conspicuously the man toward whom the eyes of all others were oftenest directed. Virchow met with the love as well as the admiration of his contemporaries, and both sentiments will descend to their successors, for his impress on the records of medicine is indelible, both as an instructor and as a friend of all real truth-seekers.
There is no full and connected account of the progress of medicine during the Nineteenth Century, but the reader may consult with profit the various medical biographies, also the following works: Silliman’s “A Century of Medicine and Chemistry;” Jenner’s “The Practical Medicine of To-day;” Buck’s “Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences;” Eulenburg’s “Real-Encyclopaedie der gesammten Heilkunde;” the “Annus Medicus,” published in the Lancet at the close of each year; and Tinker’s “America’s Contributions to Surgery” (Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Aug.-Sept., 1902).