• Ronald E. Batt


The discovery of the diseases endometriosis and adenomyosis in 1860 by Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky (1804–1878) was preceded by a momentous change in scientific perception inspired by the German poet-scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Goethe perceived science with the holistic eye of the artist.2 Indeed, many who associate Goethe’s greatness with his poetry lament that a lengthy immersion in science diverted him from poetry.3 He coined the word “morphology” for the study of the structure of plants and animals, and in this scientific pursuit favored the memorialization of careful observation by precise sketching instead of verbal explanation.4


Medical Undergraduate Education Evolutionary Developmental Biology Scientific Expedition Teleological Reasoning Developmental Pathology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald E. Batt
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  1. 1.State University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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