Rudolph Virchow (13th October 1821 – 5 September 1902) was a German Doctor and one of the fathers of modern Pathology and Public Health Medicine. You may recognise the his name from ‘Virchow’s Triad’ or ‘Virchow’s Node’.
Virchow was also an impassioned advocate for social and political reform based on his observation that social inequality was the cause of many diseases which could be addressed through political actions. Summarising this worldview, his most famous quote states:
“Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale.”
What would Virchow do? is a blog about medicine and politics that tries to remain true to Virchow’s vision. We are a group of doctors and social activists working mainly in the UK.
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