Schmiedeberg in Strassburg 1872–1918: The making of modern pharmacology
One century ago pharmacology was an antiquated, denigrated and waning discipline content with transmitting impressionistic and largely erroneous dictums. In one generation one man in one city redefined its tasks, demonstrated its experimental methods and trained its work force. Virchow, Pasteur and Koch profoundly influenced their fields, but Schmiedeberg brought scientific pharmacology into being. Their names have become household words, his is rarely found even in medical dictionaries. Fortunately, he cared not about fame but about knowledge.