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Ann Anat. 2002 Nov;184(6):503-8.

[Johann Friedrich Meckel the Younger (1781-1833), an extremely important naturalist and scholar].

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  • 1Institut für Anatomie und Zellbiologie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Grosse Steinstrasse 52, D-06097 Halle, Saale.


Johann Friedrich Meckel the Younger (1781-1833) belongs to the famous scientists of the 19th century. His research work is enormous. Important termini e.g. diverticulum Meckelii, cartilago Meckelii, Meckel syndrome and Meckel Serres law reflect the scientific results obtained by Meckel. He worked as a professor of anatomy, pathology and zoology at the University of Halle, a town in the Central Germany. Meckel founded the scientific teratology. In the literature he is also referred to the German Cuvier. On 8 April 1802, J. F. Meckel defended his doctoral thesis "De cordis conditionibus abnormibus". On occasion of the 200th anniversary of this event, we like to honor J. F. Meckel the famous German anatomist. Therefore, during the 97th session of the Anatomische Gesellschaft at Halle, a satellite symposium "From Meck el to genom" was held.

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