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Friedrich Merkel

Friedrich Sigmund Merkel (1845-1919) German anatomist and histologist, the name "Merckel cell" was based upon his first full description of touch cells (Tastzellen) and named by Robert Bonnet (1851–1921). Referred to these cells as Tastzellen or "touch cells" but this proposed function has been controversial as it has been hard to prove.


Merkel F. Human embryos of different ages examined in median sections - A contribution to the mechanics of development. (1894) Dieterichsche Verlags-Buchhandlung, Gðttingen, Germany.

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