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21.03.2011

175th Anniversary of Julius Wolff

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175 years ago, on March, 21st 1836 the famous researcher and physician Julius Wolff was born.

175 years ago, on March, 21st 1836 the famous researcher and physician Julius Wolff was born. In the late 19th century, the acknowledged senior medical officer has laid the foundation for the subject of orthopedics with his research on the growth and inner structure of bone. Scientists at the Julius Wolff Research Institute now acknowledge his great impact by publishing a reprint of his 1892 published book "The Law of Transformation of Bone" (Das Gesetz der Transformation der Knochen).

Simplified called the "Wolff's Law", the work explains that structure and shape of bone permanently adapt to loading conditions. His work is the most important and relevant stand work for orthopaedics and is still cited in scientific papers and international medical congresses. 

Additional to the 150 pages of the original work, the reprint also contains biographic and historical documents, for example letters to important scientific colleagues. The reproduction of Wolff's work was realised with the support of the Library of veterinary medicine of the Freie Universität Berlin, das Archive of the Humboldt University and the Jewish Museum in Fankfurt am Main that provided the original publication as well as other biographic documents for the scan and research. The Julius Wolff Institute thanks all partners for the excellent collaboration and support.



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