Moritz Blum

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Moritz Blum (also: Mauritus Blum (e) ; * August 26, 1596 in Wittenberg ; † May 31, 1626 ibid) was a German physician .


Born as the son of the Wittenberg trader and councilor Michael Blume (born January 27, 1553 in Freiberg; † January 18, 1613 in Wittenberg) and his second wife Magaretha, daughter of the Leipzig licentiate and pharmacist Mauritius, he was a stone cutter since his youth stopped to study and already registered on November 16, 1604 together with three brothers in the register of the University of Wittenberg .

At the age of 19 he was able to acquire the academic degree of a master's degree on March 19, 1616 and concentrated on studying medicine. In 1620 he went to Padua to continue his studies and was there from 1621 procurator of the German nation at the university. On April 9, 1622 he received his doctorate in medicine under the famous anatomist and botanist Thomas Platerus in Basel , and returned to his hometown after a trip through Italy and Switzerland.

There he held private lectures and opened a practice. When a position had become vacant at the medical faculty of the university, he was proposed on May 8, 1626 for the medical professorship of botany and anatomy. The elector Johann Georg I of Saxony confirmed his appointment and presented him on May 27, 1626 in this function.

However, on May 20th, Blume fell ill with a heated fever and could no longer take up his professorship. He died as a result of the illness and was buried on June 4th in Wittenberg.

Selection of works

No works of his own are known, but some disputations have been handed down.

  • De aere (H. Nymmann [III]), 1615
  • De phrenitide (Schaller), 1617
  • De syncope (Schaller), 1618
  • De apoplexia (G. Nymmann), 1619
  • De mania (D. Sennert), 1620
  • De sputo, 1622
  • De imbecillitate ventriculi (or Urban Lucae), Basel. 1624
  • Decas problematum medicorum (or Georg Wolff), 1624
  • De melancholia hypochondriaca (or Johann Albert Steininger), 1625
  • De phthisi (or Friedrich Moller), 1626


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