Justus von Liebig (1803–1873): one of the fathers of Laboratory Medicine

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© 2017, Società Italiana di Patologia Clinica e Medicina di Laboratorio. Justus, Baron von Liebig, (Darmstadt, 1803—Monaco, 1873), German chemist who has made a significant contribution to the analysis of organic compounds, chemistry education based on its application to biology (biochemistry) and agriculture. His scientific activity ranged between very different topics, but mainly dedicated to organic chemistry. Liebig was able to establish with certainty many empirical formulas of organic compounds till now uncertain and discovered new ones. He dealt with the concept of isomerism and the theory of chemical structure. He prepared and studied many aromatic compounds, and made a notable contribution to the radical theory. Moreover Liebig had also a significant research skill in the use of chemical fertilizers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-116
Number of pages4
JournalRivista Italiana della Medicina di Laboratorio
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2017


  • Biochemistry
  • History of Medicine
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • von Liebig


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