Wilhelm Krause

    Biography of Wilhelm Krause

    Wilhelm Krause Anatomist
    Wilhelm Krause Anatomist

    Full Name: Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Krause
    Born: Jul-12-1833
    Died: Feb-04-1910
    Birth Place: Hanover, Germany. He was the son of famous anatomist Karl Friedrich Theodor Krause.

    Contributions of Wilhelm Krause in Anatomy

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      Krause's corpuscles

      Krause was the first anatomist to discover mechanorceptors in skin (definition: any of the sense organs that respond to vibration, stretching, pressure, or other mechanical stimuli). These receptors were named after Krause as Krause’s corpuscles (check-out the animated explanation) and also referred as Krause’s end-bulbs.  More references can be found here: The Erogenous Zones:Their Nerve Supply and Significance

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      Krause's Membranes & Krause Respiratory Bundle

      Two other terminologies came to existence after Krause discovery namely:

      • Krause’s Membranes: It is defined as isotropic bands in striated muscle fiber that consist of disks of sarcoplasm and connect the individual fibrils. Read more here.
      • Krause Respiratory Bundle: A fiber bundle that is also known as the “Solitary Tract”, sometimes referred as “Gierke respiratory bundle”, coined in honor of anatomist Hans Paul Bernhard Gierke.
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      Krause as a professor

      Krause had also stamped his impressions in the field of embryology. One of his disciples named Robert Koch studied at Göttingen became famous bacteriologist later.

    Books References On Wilhelm Krause


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