Physico-Medical Society

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The Physical-Medical Society in Würzburg is a German medical-scientific society founded in 1849. It continues the tradition of the " Zoological-Physiological Society ", which the physician Ignaz Döllinger headed from 1803 to 1823. In 1853 she incorporated the " Würzburg Philosophical-Medical Society " founded in 1827 by the coroner Johann Baptist Friedreich into her society.

The society wanted to show similarities between medicine and natural sciences and to promote their subjects. Furthermore, it motivated practicing physicians to work scientifically and enabled students to participate in research during their studies.

Since 1929 the Physical-Medical Society has been awarding the “ Adolf Fick Prize ” with the Adolf Fick Foundation .


On December 2, 1849, the facility was founded as “Societas physico-medica” by Franz von Rinecker , Rudolf Virchow , Joseph von Scherer , Franz Kiwisch von Rotterau and Albert von Koelliker . When the newly formed body met for the first time on December 8, 1849, Albert von Koelliker was elected its first president . The second secretary was the doctor Jakob Rosenthal, who held the office for 20 years.

On June 26, 2003, the “ Würzburg Talks ” were broadcast once on the Internet as a real video stream .

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Individual evidence

  1. Wolfgang Schwerd: Thoughts on the occasion of the anniversary celebration for the 60th anniversary of the Würzburg Institute for Forensic Medicine. In: Würzburger medical historical reports 6, 1988, pp. 149–165; here: p. 153
  2. The five founding members of the Physico-Medical Society ( Memento from May 4, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Ursula Gehring-Münzel: The Würzburg Jews from 1803 to the end of the First World War. In: Ulrich Wagner (Hrsg.): History of the city of Würzburg. Volume III / 1–2: From the transition to Bavaria to the 21st century. 2007, pp. 499-528 and 1306-1308, here: p. 523.
  4. ^ Würzburg disputes ( Memento of October 21, 2003 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 1.5 MB)