Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Morceaux Choisis

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1503
  1. John Black, retired consultant paediatrician, Framlingham, Suffolk
  1. dorothyblack{at}

    In my last year at Cambridge I read physiology, and as a consequence Claude Bernard became one of my heroes. Bernard (1813-78) studied in Paris under the physiologist François Magendie. When he was starting out on his career vitalism was still in vogue: the belief that biological phenomena were governed by ill defined forces. Bernard showed that physiology was a science in which experiments could produce well defined and reproducible results. His most famous work was on the glycogenic function of the liver, …

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