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Joseph Leidy: The Last Man Who Knew Everything
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300073593, Hardcover)This is the first published biography of the remarkable Joseph Leidy (1823-91), a scientist of astonishing achievement and breadth of interests. A man who seemed to know everything, Leidy was-among many other things-the foremost human anatomist of his time, the first truly productive microscopist, the father of American protozoology and parasitology, and the founder of American invertebrate paleontology.
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"This is the first published biography of the remarkable Joseph Leidy - a leading American scientist of the mid-nineteenth century, the foremost human anatomist of his time, the first truly productive microscopist, the author of numerous ground-breaking scientific papers and books, and a devoted professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College. An unflagging pioneer and an exceptional illustrator, Leidy was the first in America to use the microscope as a tool in forensic medicine. He established the concept of parasitism in America and became the father of American protozoology and parasitology, describing for the first time Trichina in the pig, the source of the human disease trichinosis. As the founder of American vertebrate paleontology, he was the first to describe a dinosaur and many other extinct animals in America.Leonard Warren provides a full account of Leidy's life and accomplishments and sets them in the social and historical context of Philadelphia and the United States in Leidy's day. Warren also explores the reasons for the puzzling disparity between Leidy's fame and recognition during his life and his virtual anonymity a century after his death."--BOOK JACKET.
An edition of this book was published by Yale University Press.
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