Lege Artis Medicinae

["Nowadays we know a great deal about the microscopic detail" - but do we know more about Axolotl than Antal Szerb?]

GÁCS ZSÓFIA1

DECEMBER 10, 2018

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2018;28(11-12)

[In Antal Szerb’s novel, The Pendragon Legend, which was first published in 1934 (its first English translation came out in 1963), the excentric Earl of Gwynedd experiments with strange creatures. Rea­ding the book based on mystic elements as well as their mockery, the reader gets quite a bizarre knowledge of axolotls. In this re­view, a detailed history of this amphi­bian (Ambystoma mexicanum) in Western scientific research is offered; beside the scientific data, of which presumably Antal Szerb was aware, the main trends in the axolotl studies of the recent decades, both their successes and failures, are also de­fined.]

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, II. Sz. Gyermekgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest

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