Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Visions of Cell BiologyReflections Inspired by Cowdry's "General Cytology"$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Karl S. Matlin, Jane Maienschein, and Manfred D. Laubichler

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226520483

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226520650.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 09 December 2019

Methodological Reflections in General Cytology in Historical Perspective

Methodological Reflections in General Cytology in Historical Perspective

(p.73) Chapter 4 Methodological Reflections in General Cytology in Historical Perspective
Visions of Cell Biology

Jutta Schickore

University of Chicago Press

In his preface to General Cytology, Edmund Cowdry explicitly noted that the plan had been to mention methods of investigation “only when necessary”. Several contributors pointed out that detailed discussions of methods were out of place in a textbook. Nevertheless, references to methods and techniques are abundant throughout the book, and several chapters contain a fair amount of discussion about methods and sources of error in cytology. This contribution examines these methodological discussions. Outlined are some trends in the discussion about proper observation, illumination, and the application of chemical agents and connect them to earlier and contemporaneous debates about reliability and sources of error in microscopy. This shows that the methodological discussions in the General Cytology exemplify larger transitions in the methodology of microscopy and in the experimental life sciences more generally.

Keywords:   microscopy, methodology, techniques, reliability, error

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.