Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 7 (1932-33) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Person:
Benedict, Francis Gano
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/image/lit39750/305/
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DAVOS. SWITZERLAND. 
Forschungs-Institut. Physiological Institute. 
Professor A, Loewy. 
I made a special trip to Davos to see Professor Loewy and the 
successor to Dorno, Mörikofer. In the Physiological Institute I 
found very little activity and yet quite a good deal of apparatus. 
(See figures and Loewy was interested in some problems 
on muscular work and in environmental temperature and metabolism 
with rabbits. He made an interesting comment upon the hibernating 
woodchuck, stating that at Davos they never went into complete 
stupor and remained thus all winter, but they woke up every three 
or four days and, as he put it, "staggered” to one end of the cage 
where they urinated and defecated, picked up a few mouthfuls of hay 
or food and went back to the corner where they slept. In other 
words, they do not have a complete dormant state such as one finds 
with snakes and lower animals. 
The day with Loewy was an enjoyable one. We had many things to 
chat over and many experiences and on the whole it was a day well 
spent. He is about to retire but his successor has not yet been 
appointed (Wertheimer of Abderhalden*s laboratory is mentioned), so 
he may hold on for a while. Altogether he is a most interesting 
man and yet I think frightfully superficial. For example, one or two 
experiments uncritically made often served as the basis for a great 
deal of discussion and writing.
        

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