Joseph von Lindwurm

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Josef von Lindwurm

Joseph Lindwurm , from 1872 by Lindwurm , (born May 10, 1824 in Würzburg , † February 21, 1874 in Munich ) was a German dermatologist.


Lindwurm was the only child of his parents. The father died when Joseph was four years old. In 1842 he lost his mother. Lindwurm graduated from the Kronberg high school Aschaffenburg and the high school at the Kaiserdom in Speyer. He then studied philosophy, natural sciences and medicine at the Julius Maximilians University . In 1844 he was reciprocated in the Corps Bavaria Würzburg . From the second semester onwards, he limited himself to medicine at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg . He passed the state examination in autumn 1849 and was promoted to Dr. med. PhD. Research stays took him to Dublin , Edinburgh , Vienna and Paris . Here he provided evidence that secondary syphilis is as contagious as primary. After extensive traveling, Lindwurm worked as a general practitioner in Munich:

“In March 1853 he submitted an application to the medical faculty in Munich for admission as a private lecturer ... He presented his thyphoid treatise as a habilitation thesis. On August 4, 1853, the king approved the request. He lectured on syphilis, endeavoring to present the latest theories ... He also endeavored to familiarize students with 'correct, rational therapy' ... During the five semesters of his private lecturing activities, he also read on ' Skin diseases ..., diseases of the lungs ..., heart diseases ..., diseases of the stomach and intestines. He always found between 11 and 24 listeners. "

- Riemensperger

From 1859 to 1874, Lindwurm headed the dermatological department of the General Hospital in Munich , which later became the hospital on the left of the Isar and is now the inner city clinic of the University of Munich. In 1863 he was appointed by Maximilian II Joseph (Bavaria) to the new chair for dermatology and venereal diseases at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich .


He was married to Josephine von Lindwurm, a daughter of Johann Baptist von Zenetti . The couple had two daughters. Joseph of Lindwurm died in 1874 at the age of 49 years, only five years after his wife at a pneumonia . The family name Lindwurm refers to the mythical creature Lindwurm of Germanic mythology . The Lindwurm family grave is located in the Old South Cemetery in Munich (grave field 5 - row 1 - place 38, location ).


For his services, Lindwurm was raised to the nobility of staff in 1872. In 1873 he received the Knight's Cross of the Royal Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown . In Munich, the old street to Sendling was renamed Lindwurmstraße in his honor in 1878 .


  • About a peculiar change in the shape of the blood corpuscles. Journal for rational medicine 1847, pp. 266-268.
  • On the diversity of syphilitic diseases. Würzburg Medical Journal 1862, pp. 143–177.
  • Need for forced revaccination. Medical Intelligence Gazette 1972, pp. 134-135.


  • Carl Johanny: Josef von Lindwurm Bavariae Würzburg - The great doctor and clinician . Once and Now, Yearbook of the Association for Corps Student History Research, Vol. 18 (1973), pp. 158-160.
  • Ulrike Riemensperger: Joseph Lindwurm. A biography. Diss. Univ. Munich 1982.

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Individual evidence

  1. cf. Riemensperger 1982, p. 5: There are different information about the date and place of birth: Würzburg April 9, 1824, Würzburg April 10, 1824, Lohr April 10, 1824, Aschaffenburg April 10, 1824, Würzburg May 10, 1824. The latter information, which can also be found in his résumé, should be correct.
  2. On the gravestone of Joseph von Lindwurm in the Altes Südfriedhof in Munich, the date of birth is April 10, 1824. See: picture of the tombstone in the Munich Wiki .
  3. Kösener corps lists 1910, 201/167.
  4. Riemensperger 1982, p. 9.
  5. Joseph von Lindwurm. In: Munich Wiki.