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Moritz Schiff


German physiologist. Studied biology and medicine, specialising in comparative anatomy and physiology, at Heidelberg, Berlin, and Göttingen; PhD, Göttingen, 1845. Professor extraordinarius of comparative anatomy, Bern, 1856; professor of physiology, Istituto di Studii Superiori, Florence, 1862–76; professor of physiology, Geneva, 1876. Studied the physiology of the spinal cord, cardiac contraction, and digestion, and was important in the development of physiological chemistry as a discipline.





DSB: Dictionary of scientific biography. Edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie and Frederic L. Holmes. 18 vols. including index and supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1970–90.

NDB: Neue deutsche Biographie. Under the auspices of the Historical Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. 26 vols. (A–Vocke) to date. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. 1953–.