Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 4 (1923) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Benedict, Francis Gano
Tigerstedt said the reported observations by Valenciennes on the 
rectal temperature of the incubating python had been proved to be wrong 
Somebody subsequently wrote a note stating the python had been resting over 
steam pipes when the measurements were taken. On the other hand, Krogh 
insisted that in his measurements on the python, which showed the same 
temperatures, the python could not have been over a steam pipe. 
Tigerstedt rather decried Abderhalden, for he has never done anything 
deep in physiology, although many rather small things. He commented on 
the fact that Helmholtz had several periods of activity and that one cannot 
do all things at one time. Ho thought Rubner was very impractical and 
Hindhede a fanatic, but the latter is rather friendly with Tigerstedt 
because Tigerstedt had approved of some of his views. Hindhede belongs to 
the ruling party and has very strong influence in Copenhagen. Tigerstedt 
maintains that Von V/endt has no idea of calories. He judges everything 
upon changes in body weight and has no idea of real calorie needs. He also 
maintains that his system of feeding is very costly. Carl Tigerstedt added 
that Hindhede eats a lot of everything. I am reminded that Rubner told 
me in their laboratory that it is necessary to have not only the animal 
upon which the experiment is made but also the control animal, and he felt 
that Hindhede was the "control animal" on the sparse diets he is constantly 
I was much interested in the conduct of the course in physiology. 
Carl Tigerstedt tries to introduce new things into the course and, if 
possible, the practical application of new things. Thus, for example, a 
mind reader camdjto Helsingfors and had a great following. He did all sorts 
of seemingly impossible things’» -and Tigerstedt found that everything 
depended upon the man's extraordinary sense of hearing and listening to 
the respirations of the person giving the signal. He also thought that 
many seemingly impossible things could be done by a blind-folded man, pro¬ 
vided he had a large nose, as it is practically impossible to blind-fold a


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