Rudolf Virchow

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In 1845, Virchow and John Hughes Bennett independently observed abnormal increases in white blood cells in some patients. Virchow correctly identified the condition as a blood disease, and named it leukämie in 1847 (later anglicised to leukemia). [34] [35] [36] In 1857, he was the first to describe a type of tumour called chordoma that originated from the clivus (at the base of the skull). [37] [38]