Hektoen International

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  • Marie François Xavier Bichat (1771–1802)

    Xavier Bichat. Oil portrait by Pierre-Maximilien Delafontaine, 1799. Via Wikimedia. In the universal Pantheon of the medical greats, Xavier Bichat is remembered as “the father of modern histology.” Yet he never used a microscope. He studied the human organs with his naked eye and evaluated them for their physical features (such as elasticity, transparency, and…