Axel Karenberg

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Axel Karenberg (born July 25, 1957 in Frankfurt am Main ) is a German medical historian, neurologist and university professor .


Karenberg studied medicine and psychology in Cologne and Montpellier from 1976 to 1983 and then worked as an assistant doctor at the University Psychiatric Clinic in Cologne, where he successfully completed his training as a specialist. In 1985 he received the high-rise award from the Medical Faculty in Cologne for his dissertation in medical history . From 1992 to 1994, he was a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 1994 he completed his habilitation and then worked as a private lecturer at the Cologne Institute for the History of Medicine. In 2000 he was appointed adjunct professor. He is the author of numerous monographs, textbooks and book chapters; more than 100 nationally and internationally published articles are from his pen. He is currently co-editor of the writings of the Rheinischer Kreis der Medizinhistoriker and the series of publications of the German Society for the History of Neurology, of which he has been chairman since 2012. Karenberg is a member of many scientific institutions and associations (including the Société française d'historie de la médecine) and, as a national delegate, represents the interests of German medical history at the Société internationale d'histoire de la médecine. He is also on the advisory board of several journals, including the Advisory Board of the Journal for the History of the Neurosciences. Guest lectures have taken him to numerous universities at home and abroad (including San Diego, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Haifa, Bern, Calgary and Riga). His research includes the history of the hospital and medical education, historical and ethical aspects of neuroscience and psychiatry, didactics and history of medical terminology, and medicine in film and literature. He works on a voluntary basis in Cologne as a liaison lecturer for the German National Academic Foundation . He is also professor titulaire at the Université du Luxembourg .

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Monographs and textbooks

  • Frédéric Chopin as a person, patient and artist . Cologne: Verlag Josef Eul, 1986.
  • Learning at the bedside of the sick. On the typology of the early university clinics in Germany (1760–1840) . Hürtgenwald: Pressler Verlag 1997.
  • with Daniel Schäfer, Ferdinand Peter Moog, Christian Hick: Terminology for dentists. Aachen: Shaker Verlag, 2002.
  • Amor, Aesculapia & Co. Classical mythology in the language of modern medicine . Stuttgart: Schattauer 2005. Paperback edition 2006.
  • Constipation and its therapy through the ages . Cologne 2010.
  • Medical terminology in a crash course . For studies and professional practice. Schattauer, Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 3-7945-2553-1 .


  • with Christian Leitz: Medicine and High Culture; Vol. 1. Birth, epidemic and the interpretation of dreams in the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2000.
  • with Christian Leitz: Heilkunde und Hochkultur, Vol. 2. 'Magic and Medicine' and 'The Old Man' in the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean . Münster: LIT Verlag, 2002.
  • with Dominik Groß : Medical history in the Rhineland. Contributions of the "Rheinischer Kreis der Medizinhistoriker", Vol. 1. Kassel: University Press 2009.
  • with Dominik Groß, Stephanie Kaiser, Wolfgang Antweiler: Medical history in spotlights . Contributions of the "Rheinischer Kreis der Medizinhistoriker", Vol. 2. Kassel: University Press 2011.
  • with Dominik Groß, Mathias Schmidt: Research on the history of medicine . Contributions of the "Rheinischer Kreis der Medizinhistoriker", Vol. 3. Kassel: University Press 2013.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rīga Stradiņš University. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on March 5, 2016 ; accessed on July 5, 2013 .
  2. ^ Axel Karenberg Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine at the University of Cologne. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on May 4, 2013 ; Retrieved July 5, 2013 .
  3. Retrieved July 5, 2013 .