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A History of Cytology

Michael Kelly, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(3):401-403. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620210125031.
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In August, 1961, my wife and I paid a long-planned visit to Cambridge (England) to see Arthur Hughes and his famous movie of nerve cells displaying pinocytosis.1 I chanced to ask if he was the same A. Hughes whose A History of Cytology had recently been published. He was, and we were promised a copy should we visit Arthur and his wife Marjorie in their Essex home on the following Sunday. We did, and we marveled at their dwelling (a medieval mill modernized), their friendliness, and their combined scholarship.

Arthur Hughes has written some 60 papers on various aspects of embryology and cell culture, and 3 books including that modestly called A History of Cytology; quite recently he has edited a new edition of Joseph Needham's History of Embryology. It is a pity that, at the very time Hughes was completing his fine work of art and scholarship, the


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