Cullen’s Research at Johns Hopkins Hospital
From available evidence, Thomas Cullen remained unaware of the active role Robert Meyer played in resolving Cullen’s differences with Professor Friedrich von Recklinghausen. However, Cullen may have relieved von Recklinghausen’s embarrassment with his discussion of the origin of the glands in his case of adeno-myoma of the round ligament: “While admitting the probability of the glands in our case being due to remains of the Wolffian body, we cannot, from their striking resemblance to those of the uterine mucosa, and from the fact that their stroma resembles that of the mucosa, refrain from suggesting the possibility that they may be due to an abnormal embryonic deposit of a portion of Müller’s duct.”1 Heartened by the “peace offering” he received from Strassburg, von Recklinghausen and Cullen would continue their professional exchange for a decade. Cullen returned to the daily routine of the pathology laboratory of analyzing gynecologic surgical specimens. He focused his attention on completing a study of uterine cancer.2 Notwithstanding all the work he would do on adenomyomas, Cullen’s real interest lay in the pathology and early detection of uterine cancer.