"The task of science is to stake out the limits of the knowable, and to center consciousness within them."
1849 (R. Virchow. Der Mensch (On Man). Berlin, 1849. English translation in: L. J. Rather, Disease, Life and Man -- Selected Essays of Rudolf Virchow, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, pp. 67–70, 1958.)
For if medicine is really to accomplish its great task, it must intervene in political and social life. It must point out the hindrances that impede the normal social functioning of vital processes, and effect their removal.Rudolf Virchow
Omnis cellula e cellulaRudolf Virchow
"Between animal and human medicine, there is no dividing line—nor should there be."Rudolf Virchow
"Cellular pathology is not an end if one cannot see any alteration in the cell. Chemistry brings the clarification of living processes nearer than does anatomy. Each anatomical change must have been preceded by a chemical one."Rudolf Virchow
Laws should be made, not against quacks but against superstition.Rudolf Virchow
Medical statistics will be our standard of measurement: we will weigh life for life and see where the dead lie thicker, among the workers or among the privileged.Rudolf Virchow