Joseph Leidy by Dr. Leonard Warren
The Last Man Who Knew Everything

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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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Leonard Warren, M.D., Ph.D., Institute Professor at the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology in Philadelphia and American Cancer Society Research Professor Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania is the author of Joseph Leidy: The Last Man Who Knew Everything.
Published October 11, 1998 by Yale University Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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He also became curator of the Anatomical Museum at the University of Pennsylvania and professor of anatomy, as well as chair of the anatomy department there.

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Leidy's discovery in 1846 of Trichina larvae (the parasite that causes trichinosis in humans) in pigs earns Warren's accolade as a milestone in public health, yet, as Warren acknowledges, European biologists working out the life cycle of the parasite ignored Leidy's critical find.

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While working as a scientist in Leidy's hometown of Philadelphia, Warren saw many references to Leidy on buildings and such, but knew nothing about him.

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