Heinz Goerke

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Heinz Goerke's grave in the forest cemetery in Munich-Solln

Heinz Goerke (born December 13, 1917 in Allenstein ; † June 16, 2014 ) was a German medical historian and university professor. For many years he was the Medical Director of the Großhadern Clinic . Goerke wrote several monographs on art and technology in medicine. He received honorary doctorates from Lund and Istanbul Universities .


Due to a professional move of his family, he grew up in Potsdam , where he graduated from high school in 1937. From 1939 he studied medicine with interruptions due to the Second World War and called up as a military doctor . In 1962 he was appointed professor for the history of medicine at the Free University of Berlin . In 1969 Goerke moved to Munich, where he was Medical Director of the Großhadern Clinic from 1970 to 1982 . He was also the first director of the German Medical History Museum , which he initiated and opened in 1973.

With Walter Artelt , Edith Heischkel and Gunter Mann (1924–1992) Goerke was editor of the journal Medizinhistorisches Journal .

The Association of Friends and Supporters of the Medical Faculty of the LMU Munich has been awarding the Heinz Goerke Medal since 2015.

Publications (selection)

  • Medicine in old Potsdam , Hildesheim; Zurich; New York: Olms 2002, ISBN 3-487-11626-X .
  • Doctor and medicine: from Asclepius priest to clinic doctor. 3,000 years of medicine. Munich 1984.
  • On the pulse of medicine: doctor in the 20th century; an autobiography , Hildesheim; Zurich; New York: Olms 1996, ISBN 3-487-10293-5 .
  • Carl von Linné: 1707 - 1778; Doctor - Natural Scientist - Systematist , 2nd, extended edition Stuttgart: Wiss. Verlag-Gesellschaft 1989, ISBN 3-8047-0959-1 (Series: Große Naturforscher; Vol. 31)
  • Berlin doctors: personal reports , Berlin: Berlin Verlag 1965.
  • German-Swedish relations in medicine in the eighteenth century , Copenhagen: Munksgaard 1958, Acta historica scientiarum naturalium et medicinalium series. Vol. 16, also habilitation thesis FU Berlin 1960
  • On the unspecific desensitization of eye allergies with histamine , dissertation Berlin 1943.
  • With Heinz Müller-Dietz (Ed.): Negotiations of the XX. International Congress for the History of Medicine (Berlin, August 22-27, 1966). Hildesheim 1968.
  • as ed. with Hans Diller and Karl Deichgräber : Ars medica. Texts and studies on source studies in ancient medicine. Series of publications by the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Free University of Berlin. II. Department: Greco-Latin Medicine. Berlin 1968 ff.

Web links


  • Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. hc mult. Heinz Goerke. In: Deutsches Ärzteblatt 95 (1998), p. A169.
  • Manfred Stürzbecher : Prof. Dr. Dr. Heinz Goerke was 85 years old , in: Brandenburgisches Ärzteblatt 3/2003, p. 92.

Individual evidence

  1. W. Artelt, H. Goerke, E. Heischkel, G. Mann (eds.): Medizinhistorisches Journal. Georg Olms, Hildesheim / New York (Volume 9, 1974).
  2. Announcement about the award of the 2015 medal ( memento of the original from August 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.klinikum.uni-muenchen.de