Robert Jütte

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Robert Jütte (born September 12, 1954 in Warstein ) is a German historian and medical historian . From 1990 to 2020 he headed the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart .


Jütte studied history, German and political science in Marburg , London and Münster . He received his doctorate in 1982 from the University of Münster and completed his habilitation in 1990 at the University of Bielefeld in modern history .

From 1983 to 1989 he was a lecturer and then professor of modern history at Haifa University in Israel. In 1990 he became head of the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart. The institute researches the history of homeopathy as a focus ; Samuel Hahnemann's estate is kept in the institute . In 1991 he was appointed honorary professor at the University of Stuttgart . Guest professorships took him to the Universities of Innsbruck (2001) and Zurich (2006/2007) as well as to the ETH Zurich (2018). Jütte has numerous articles and books on medical history , especially the history of alternative medicine , the Homeopathy and published on the social history of medicine and everyday and cultural history.

Since 1994 Jütte has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Medical Association , from 2001 to 2019 he was a member of the board, from 2016 to 2019 Deputy Chairman. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the German Study Center in Venice . He was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden (1993–2007) and Secretary of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health . From 2001 to 2006 he was deputy chairman and from 2006 to 2010 chairman of the Association for Jewish Studies and from 2007 to 2011 chairman of the Society for Research into the History of the Jews. In 2018 he received the “Doctor of Hebrew Letters” honoris causa from the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago, and in 2020 the Otto Hirsch Award from the City of Stuttgart.

He is married to the literary scholar Anat Feinberg .

Research priorities

  • Social history of medicine
  • History of science
  • comparative city history
  • Everyday and cultural history of the early modern period
  • jewish history

Fonts (selection)

As an author

  • Linguistic sociological and lexicological studies on a special language: the scythe dealers in the Hochsauerland and the remains of their secret language. Steiner, Wiesbaden 1978, ISBN 3-515-02660-6 .
  • Authoritative relief for the poor in German imperial cities in the early modern period: Urban poor relief in Frankfurt am Main and Cologne. Böhlau, Cologne 1984, ISBN 3-412-03184-4 . (Dissertation, University of Münster, 1982)
  • Hedwig Hintze (1884–1942) - The challenge of traditional historiography by a left-liberal Jewish historian. In: Walter Grab : Jews in German Science . Nateev Pr. And Publ. Enterprises, Tel-Aviv 1986, proceedings of an international symposium of the same name at Tel-Aviv University, Institute for Dt. History, April 1985. Supplement 10 of the yearbook of the Institute for German History at Tel Aviv University / Israel.
  • Image and social reality of beggars and crooks at the beginning of modern times: studies of social, mentality and linguistic history on the Liber vagatorum (1510). Böhlau, Cologne 1988, ISBN 3-412-00288-7 .
  • The emigration of the German-speaking “Wissenschaft des Judentums”: the emigration of Jewish historians to Palestine 1933–1945. Steiner, Stuttgart 1991, ISBN 3-515-05798-6 .
  • Doctors, healers and patients. Everyday medical practice in the early modern period. Artemis & Winkler, Munich / Zurich 1991, ISBN 3-7608-1932-X .
  • Poverty and deviance in early modern Europe. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1994, ISBN 0-521-41169-6 .
  • History of Alternative Medicine. From folk medicine to today's unconventional therapies. Beck, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-406-40495-2 .
  • History of the Senses: From Antiquity to Cyberspace. Beck, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-406-46767-9 .
  • Pleasure without Load: History of Contraception from Antiquity to the Present. Beck, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-406-49430-7 .
  • “A miracle like the golden tooth”: An “unheard of” incident from 1593 makes history (s). Thorbecke, Ostfildern 2004, ISBN 3-7995-0143-6 .
  • Samuel Hahnemann: founder of homeopathy. DTV, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-423-24447-X .
  • with Wolfgang U. Eckart : History of Medicine: An Introduction. Böhlau, Cologne 2007. (2nd edition 2014, ISBN 978-3-8252-3927-5 )
  • Medicine and National Socialism: Balance and Perspectives of Research. Wallstein, Göttingen 2011, ISBN 978-3-8353-0659-2 .
  • Illness and Health in the Early Modern Age. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2013, ISBN 978-3-17-022227-4 .
  • Life and Body in Judaism. Jewish publishing house in Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-633-54282-6 . English translation: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 2020.

As editor

  • The history of abortion. From antiquity to the present. CH Beck, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-406-37408-5 .
  • Between reality and appearance. Clothing and identity in the corporate society. Edited by Neithard Bulst and Robert Jütte (= Saeculum Vol. 44, Issue 1), Karl Alber Publisher: Freiburg / Brsg. 1993.
  • Paracelsus today - In the light of nature. Edited by Robert Jütte, Karl F. Haug Published by Heidelberg 1994.
  • The European health system. Similarities and differences from a historical perspective. Edited by Wolfgang U. Eckart and Robert Jütte (= Medicine, Society and History, Supplements, 4), Stuttgart 1994, 211 pp.
  • Coping with Sickness: Historical Aspects of Health Care in a European Perspective, ed. by John Woodward and Robert Jütte, EAHMH-Publications: Sheffield 1995.
  • Alternative Medicine Ways. A reader. CH Beck: Munich 1996.
  • Coping with Sickness: Perspectives on Health Care, Past and Present. Edited by John Woodward and Robert Jütte. EAHMH Publications: Sheffield 1996.
  • Institutions of Confinement. Hospitals, Asylums, and Prisons in Western Europe and North America, 1500-1950. Edited by Norbert Finzsch and Robert Jütte, Cambridge University Press: New York 1996.
  • Jewish communities and forms of organization from antiquity to today, ed. by Robert Jütte and Abraham P. Kustermann, Böhlau Publisher: Vienna 1996 [Licensed edition VMA-Verlag: Wiesbaden 1998]
  • History of the German medical profession. Organized occupational and health policy in the 19th and 20th centuries, Deutscher Ärzte-Verlag: Cologne 1997.
  • Institutes for the History of Medicine and Health in Europe: A Guide. European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Publications: Sheffield 1997.
  • Culture, Knowledge, and Healing: Historical Perspectives of Homeopathic Medicine in Europe and North America, ed. by Robert Jütte, Günter B. Risse and John Woodward, EAHMH-Publications: Sheffield 1998.
  • "The Schejne Yid". The image of the "Jewish body" in myth and ritual, ed. by Sander L. Gilman, Robert Jütte and Gabriele Kohlbauer-Fritz. Picus-Verlag: Wien 1998.
  • Coping with Sickness: Medicine, Law and Human Rights, ed. by John Woodward and Robert Jütte. EAHMH Publications: Sheffield 2000.
  • Historical Concepts of Unconventional Medicine: Approaches, Concepts, Case Studies, ed. by Robert Jütte, Motzi Eklöf and Marie C. Nelson, EAHMH-Publications: Sheffield 2001.
  • The Doctor on the Stage: performing and curing in early modern Europe (= special issue of the magazine Ludica 5/6, 2001), Viella: Rom 2001, pp. 61–261.
  • Max Marcuse (Ed.): Concise Dictionary of Sexual Science. Encyclopedia of the natural and cultural science of human sex education (1926). Reissued and introduced by Robert Jütte. Berlin 2001.
  • Health Care and Poor Relief in 18th and 19th Century Northern Europe, ed. by Ole Peter Grell, Andrew Cunningham and Robert Jütte. Ashgate: Aldershot / Hants. 2002.
  • Judaism and Enlightenment. Jewish self-image in the bourgeois public, ed. by Arno Herzig, Hans Otto Horch and Robert Jütte. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Göttingen 2002.
  • Otto and Hedwig Hintze, "Don't despair and don't stop fighting ..." The correspondence 1925-1940. Edited by Brigitta Oestreich, ed. by Robert Jütte and Gerhard Hirschfeld. (Writings of the Library for Contemporary History, NF 17) Klartext Verlag: Essen 2004.
  • Samuel Hahnemann and his environment. Sources from the collection of the German Homeopathy Union, edited by Dr. Heike Talkenberger, ed. by Martin Dinges and Robert Jütte. Karl F. Haug Published by Stuttgart 2005.
  • Doctor's offices in comparison: 18.-20. Century, ed. by Elisabeth Dietrich-Daum, Martin Dinges, Robert Jütte, Christine Roilo. Studien Verlag: Innsbruck, Wien, Bozen 2008.
  • The future of individual medicine. Doctor's autonomy and pluralism of methods. Deutscher Ärzte Verlag: Cologne 2009.
  • Integration and exclusion. Studies on German-Jewish literary and cultural history up to the present, ed. by Mark H. Gelber, Jakob Hessing and Robert Jütte in connection with Dominic Bitzer, Doris Vogel and Michaela Wirtz. Niemeyer Published by Tübingen 2009.
  • with Uwe Israel and Reinhold C. Mueller: Interstizi. Culture ebraico-cristiane a Venezia e nei suoi domini dal medioevo all'età moderna. Edizioni di storia e letteratura, Rome 2010.
  • Placebo in medicine. Deutscher Ärzteverlag, Cologne 2011.
  • with Martin Dinges: The transmission of health practices (c. 1500 to 2000). Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart 2011.
  • Special Issue Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Volume 21/4. Elsevier, Amsterdam 2013, pp. 83-130: The Placebo Effect and its Ramifications for Clinical Practice and Research: An Expert Workshop.
  • Medical pluralism. Past - Present - Future. Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart 2013.
  • with Romedio Schmitz-Esser: manual use. Stories by hand from the Middle Ages and early modern times. Paderborn 2018.
  • with Michael Teut and Martin Dinges: Religious healers in medical pluralism in Germany. Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart 2019.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Vademecum of the historical sciences. 3rd edition: 1998/1999. Steiner, Stuttgart 1998, ISBN 3-515-07253-5 , p. 412 ( limited preview in the Google book search).
  2. ^ Website of the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Stiftung , accessed on December 5, 2013.
  3. Otto Hirsch Award
  4. ^ Website of the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Stiftung (accessed on September 16, 2017)
  5. ^ University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 2020