Wallstein Verlag

Axel C. Hüntelmann

Paul Ehrlich

Life, Research, Economies, Networks

360 pages, 14,0 x 22,2 cm
ISBN: 978-3-8353-0867-1 (März 2011)


German Version

The first biography of the founder of chemotherapy with a verification of sources.

Paul Ehrlich is considered one of the most important human scientists of the 19th and 20th centuries. His research involved aspects of histology and colour chemistry, haematology, pharmacology, immunology and cancer research. In 1908 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in immunology. Chemotherapy was his own field of research, which he developed on the basis of his side-chain theory, at the interface between medicine, chemistry and biology. He achieved lasting fame as a »benefactor of humanity«

with the development of Salvarsan - the first systematically produced chemotherapy substance against syphilis.
Axel C. Hüntelmann traces both Ehrlich’s scientific career and his winding journey through life, and evaluates Ehrlich’s personal estate for the first time. He shows how his impressive life’s work was accomplished with the support of his extensive network and rational working methods.

Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915),
Chemist, doctor, serologist, immunologist and winner of the Nobel Prize (1908) for his work as the founder of immunology.

The Author
Axel C. Hüntelmann, born in 1971, is a postdoctoral student at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology at the University of Bielefeld and Managing Editor of the journal »InterDisciplines« .

Also published by Wallstein
Axel C. Hüntelmann: Hygiene im Namen des Staates. Das Reichsgesundheitsamt (Hygiene in the name of the State. The Reich Public Health Department 1876-1933 (2008)
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