RUDOLF VIRCHOW

1821-1902

Founder of Modern Medicine | Father of Modern Pathology
Founder of Social Medicine | Physician | Biologist
Anthropologist | Politician | Writer

The Virchow Prize for Global Health was launched in October 2021, providing symbolic value to the global health community’s celebration of Rudolf Virchow’s 200th birthday on October 13, 2021.

“Medicine is a social science and politics is nothing but medicine on a grand scale!”

Global and public health is currently defined as “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organised efforts of society”, or in the words of Rudolf Virchow, “medicine is a social science and politics is nothing but medicine on a grand scale!

There is a concurrence that the relationship between medical, political, economic and social determinants must be addressed directly and jointly in order to achieve sustainable and universal improvement of health.

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