The Microscope against Cell Theory: Cancer Research in Nineteenth-Century Parisian Anatomical Pathology

  title={The Microscope against Cell Theory: Cancer Research in Nineteenth-Century Parisian Anatomical Pathology},
  author={Laurent Loison},
  journal={Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences},
  pages={271 - 292}
  • Laurent Loison
  • Published 2016
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
ABSTRACT:This paper examines the reception of cell theory in the field of French anatomical pathology. This reception is studied under the lens of the concept of the cancer cell, which was developed in Paris in the 1840s. In the medical field, cell theory was quickly accessible, understood, and discussed. In the wake of research by Hermann Lebert, the cancer cell concept was supported by a wealth of high-quality microscopic observations. The concept was constructed in opposition to cell theory… Expand
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