Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Paul Ehrlich-Doktor Phantasus

Paul Ehrlich-Doktor Phantasus-I
Paul Ehrlich was born on March 14, 1854 at Strehlen, in Upper Silesia*, Germany. He developed the modern concept of chemotherapy.
Two hundred and twenty five years ago, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, who was a matter-of-fact man, looked through a magic eye, saw microbes, and so began this history. He would certainly have snorted a contemptuous Dutch sort of snort at anybody who called his microscope a magic eye.

Now Paul Ehrlich- who brings this history to the happy end necessary to all serious histories- was a gay man. He smoked twenty five cigars a day: he was fond of drinking a seidel(a large beer glass) of beer (publicly)with his old laboratory servant and many seidels of beer with German, English and British colleagues ,a modern man there was still something medieval about him for he said ‘’we must learn to shoot the microbes with magic bullets.’’ He was laughed at for saying that and his enemies cartooned him under the name ‘’Dokotr Phantasus.’’

Born in 1854 in Silesia in Germany, he went to the Gymnasium at Breslau and his teacher of literature ordered him to write an assay; subject ‘’Life is Dream.’’

‘’ Life rests on normal oxidations,’’ wrote that bright young Jew, Paul Ehrlich. ‘’Dreams are an activity of the brain and the activities of the brain are only oxidations ……….dreams are sort of phosphorescence of brain.’’

He got a bad mark for such smartness but then he was always getting bad marks. Out of gymnasium he went to medical school, or rather to three or four medical school. Ehrlich was that kind of medical student. It was the opinion of the distinguished medical faculties of Breslau and Strasburg and Freiberg and Leipsic that he was no ordinary student. It was also their opinion that he was abominably bad student. -to be continued………………….. In next Paul Ehrlich-II, he lived amomg scientific booksand subscribed to every chemical journal in every language he could read and several he could not read. Journals stuck out from every pocket of his overcoat.Books with those expensive cigars kept Ehrlich poor

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