Heinz-Peter Schmiedebach

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Heinz-Peter Schmiedebach (born March 11, 1952 in Sobernheim ) is a German doctor , medical historian and ethicist . His main research interests include the history of medicine from the 18th to the 20th centuries, the history of psychiatry , the history of deontology and medical ethics .


Schmiedebach studied biology , German literature and history at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the Free University of Berlin (FU) as well as medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the FU Berlin from 1972 to 1981 . In 1981 he was granted his license to practice medicine.

From 1981 to 1986 Schmiedebach worked as a research assistant at the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Free University of Berlin. 1984 took place Promotion to Doctor of Medicine . In 1986 and 1987 Schmiedebach was a research assistant at the surgical clinic and polyclinic of the Free University of Berlin. From 1987 to 1993 he was again a member of the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Free University of Berlin; now as a research assistant . 1991 habilitation Schmiedebach with a script to Robert Remak .

From 1993 to 2003 Schmiedebach was director of the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald . During this time, teaching medical history at the University of Rostock was also part of his area of ​​responsibility.

In 1995 and 1996 he also taught as a visiting professor at Lund University in Sweden .

In 2003 Schmiedebach became a professor at the University of Hamburg . He was director of the Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf . Schmiedebach is the founding director of the Medical History Museum Hamburg . The DFG research group 1120 Cultures of Madness (1870–1930). He was a deputy speaker on threshold phenomena of urban modernity .

In 2013/14 the Historical College funded a research project by Schmiedebach with the title Psychiatry and Madness in the Field of Tension Between Public and Professional Power (approx. 1880–1925) .

In the winter semester 2015/16 Schmiedebach received a call to the first Professor of Medical Humanities in Germany. As a result, he was seconded to the Berlin Charité for two years .

Schmiedebach retired at the end of September 2017. On October 16, 2017, his farewell lecture took place at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.

Schmiedebach was a member of the GeDenkOrt Charité working group . The aim of the GeDenkOrt Charité initiative is to thematize the history of the Berlin clinic during National Socialism .

In the 2017/2018 college year , Schmiedebach conducted research as an Honorary Fellow of the Historical College on the changes in lunatic asylums from the mid-19th to the first half of the 20th century.

See also


  • Cornelia Werner: What really makes us sick. A Hamburg professor on the eternal pursuit of health . In: Hamburger Abendblatt , December 17, 2006.
  • Cornelia Werner: The long story of burnout . In: Hamburger Abendblatt , November 17, 2012.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. FOR 1120: Cultures of Madness (1870-1930). Threshold phenomena of urban modernity , accessed on July 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Psychiatry and madness in the field of tension between the public and professional power (approx. 1880–1925) , accessed on July 16, 2016.
  3. ^ First professorship for Medical Humanities in Germany . Charité press release , October 14, 2015, accessed on July 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "Art and culture belong in medicine" . AOK Federal Association , accessed on November 22, 2016.
  5. New institute director starts work at the UKE , accessed on October 11, 2017.
  6. Farewell lecture by Prof. Dr. med. Heinz-Peter Schmiedebach . University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf , accessed on September 29, 2017.
  7. GeDenkOrt.Charité: Team , accessed on February 3, 2019.
  8. GeDenkOrt.Charité , accessed on December 10, 2019.
  9. Christine Zeides: GeDenkOrt Charité - The shadows behind the walls . In: Georg Thieme Verlag (Ed.): Via medici online , May 3, 2016, accessed on December 16, 2018.
  10. ^ The transformation of the insane asylums approx. 1850 to 1930 - medical, social and cultural contexts , accessed on May 12, 2018.
  11. ^ War neuroses and starvation. “Insane Asylums” during the First World War . Presentation by Heinz-Peter Schmiedebach at the Historisches Kolleg , accessed on July 7, 2018.