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Polish Journal of Pathology
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Professor Witold Nowicki – a greatly spirited pathologist

Andrzej Wincewicz
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Agnieszka Szepietowska
,
Stanisław Sulkowski

Pol J Pathol 2016; 67 (2): 102-107
Online publish date: 2016/08/02
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This paper presents a complete overview of the scientific, professional and social activity of a great Polish pathologist, Witold Nowicki (1878-1941), from mainly Polish-written, original sources with a major impact on mostly his own publications. The biographical commemoration of this eminent professor is not only due to the fact that he provided a profound microscopic characterization of pneumatosis cystoides in 1909 and 1924. Nowicki greatly influenced the development of anatomical pathology in Poland, having authored over 82 publications, with special reference to tuberculosis, lung cancer, sarcomatous carcinomas, scleroma and others. However, the first of all his merits for the readership of Polish pathologists was his textbook titled Anatomical Pathology, which was a basic pathology manual in pre-war Poland. Witold Nowicki – as the head of the academic pathological anatomy department and former dean of the medical faculty – was shot with other professors by Nazi Germans in the Wuleckie hills in Lvov during World War Two. Professor Nowicki was described as being “small in size but great in spirit” by one of his associates, and remains an outstanding example of a meticulous pathologist, a patient tutor and a great social activist to follow.
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pre-war Polish pathological anatomy, pneumatosis cystoides, John Casimir University [Uniwersytet Jana Kazimierza], Lwów, Morszyn

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