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Pagel, Julius Leopold


PAGEL, JULIUS LEOPOLD (1851–1912), German physician and medical historian. Pagel was born in Pomerania, and practiced medicine in Berlin and was appointed professor of history of medicine at the University of Berlin. He wrote over 100 books and articles dealing mainly with medical history. These included many medical biographies taken from unpublished manuscripts and a full description of methods of therapy used in the 19th century. He edited Biographisches Lexikon hervorragender Aerzte des 19. Jahrhunderts (1901) and coedited with Max Neuburger the Handbuch der Geschichte der Medizin (1902–05).

His youngest son, walter pagel (1898–1983), pursued two careers – he was a pathologist and a famous historian of science. Born in Berlin he was lecturer in pathology and medical history at Heidelberg (1928–33). With the advent of Hitler he left for England where he became pathologist, first at the Central Middlesex County Hospital, London, and from the beginning of World War ii, at Clare Hall Hospital, Hertfordshire.

He published books and articles in the fields of pathology, bacteriology, tuberculosis, and allergic phenomena. On medical history, his publications include Jo. Bapt. van Helmont; Einfuehrung in die philosophische Medizin des Barock (1930); The Religious and Philosophical Aspects of Van Helmont's Science and Medicine (1944); and William Harvey, Some Neglected Aspects of Medical History (1944).


S.R. Kagan, Jewish Medicine (1952), 242–3, 556.

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