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The term curation ( Latin curare "to maintain", "to worry about") is used in the literature in the sense of "preserving" and "treating". However, the exact meaning varies between departments.


In medicine, curation is used synonymously with curative therapy .

A treatment is called curation when it aims at a complete restoration of the patient's health (“restitutio ad integrum”) and thus at the same time prevents deterioration. The term stands in a certain contrast to the term palliative or palliation . In palliative therapy , the goal of treatment is not a complete cure, but rather to relieve symptoms (for example through pain therapy) and, if possible, to halt or slow down the progression of the disease. Often both terms are used in cancer medicine .

Economy - health management

Here, curation (i.e. cost factor) is generally used synonymously with treatment (curative and palliative ). The intuition of the curative treatment (aiming at healing) does not matter.

Culture and museum management

The term curation here means something like (to) preserve and maintain. A curator takes on this task .


In the case of pesticides , a curative effect - in contrast to a purely protective effect - means that already infected plants can be cured.

Individual evidence

  1. J. Baltzer et al .: Practice of gynecological oncology. Georg Thieme Verlag, 2000, ISBN 3-13-109912-7 , p. 241. (online)
  2. ^ Lothar Ullrich, Dietmar Stolecki, Matthias Grünewald (eds.): Thiemes intensive care and anesthesia. 2005, p. 284. (online)
  3. P. Oberender et al: Health growth market. UTB, 2002, ISBN 3-8252-2231-4 , p. 181. (online)
  4. ^ E. Ulich et al.: Health management in companies: occupational psychological perspectives. Gabler Verlag, 2008, ISBN 978-3-8349-1143-8 , p. 395. (online)
  5. ^ H. Kirchhoff et al: The magic triangle: the museum exhibition as an interplay of curators, museum educators and designers. transcript Verlag, 2007, ISBN 978-3-89942-609-0 , pp. 9, 89 ff. (online)