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The death of an Indian Rhinoceros.
World J Surg. 2010 Aug; 34(8):1805-10.WJ

Abstract

In 1834, the London Zoological Society purchased a male Indian Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros unicornis, at the request of the anatomist, Richard Owen. Fifteen years later, the rhinoceros died from traumatic injuries, and the necropsy performed by Owen led to the very first discovery of parathyroid glands. Around this time, Richard Owen and Charles Darwin vehemently disagreed with one another about the theory of natural selection. Their public feud sparked the public's interest in Darwin and his theory while Owen became less popular despite his many accomplishments in the scientific world. Not until decades after Owen's death was his contribution to the identification of parathyroid glands discovered. Because his discovery is considered pivotal to the history of endocrine surgery, we sought to investigate the circumstances surrounding the rhinoceros' death, its dissection, and Owen's initial discovery.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Surgery, Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving Street, NW, Room G-247D, Washington, DC 20010, USA. erin.a.felger@medstar.netNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Biography
Historical Article
Journal Article
Portrait

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20458582

Citation

Felger, Erin A., and Martha A. Zeiger. "The Death of an Indian Rhinoceros." World Journal of Surgery, vol. 34, no. 8, 2010, pp. 1805-10.
Felger EA, Zeiger MA. The death of an Indian Rhinoceros. World J Surg. 2010;34(8):1805-10.
Felger, E. A., & Zeiger, M. A. (2010). The death of an Indian Rhinoceros. World Journal of Surgery, 34(8), 1805-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00268-010-0603-4
Felger EA, Zeiger MA. The Death of an Indian Rhinoceros. World J Surg. 2010;34(8):1805-10. PubMed PMID: 20458582.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The death of an Indian Rhinoceros. AU - Felger,Erin A, AU - Zeiger,Martha A, PY - 2010/5/12/entrez PY - 2010/5/12/pubmed PY - 2010/11/3/medline SP - 1805 EP - 10 JF - World journal of surgery JO - World J Surg VL - 34 IS - 8 N2 - In 1834, the London Zoological Society purchased a male Indian Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros unicornis, at the request of the anatomist, Richard Owen. Fifteen years later, the rhinoceros died from traumatic injuries, and the necropsy performed by Owen led to the very first discovery of parathyroid glands. Around this time, Richard Owen and Charles Darwin vehemently disagreed with one another about the theory of natural selection. Their public feud sparked the public's interest in Darwin and his theory while Owen became less popular despite his many accomplishments in the scientific world. Not until decades after Owen's death was his contribution to the identification of parathyroid glands discovered. Because his discovery is considered pivotal to the history of endocrine surgery, we sought to investigate the circumstances surrounding the rhinoceros' death, its dissection, and Owen's initial discovery. SN - 1432-2323 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20458582/The_death_of_an_Indian_Rhinoceros_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00268-010-0603-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -