Siegmund Vollmann

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Siegmund Vollmann (* 1871 in Schwarza , Thuringian Forest , † December 31, 1946 in France ) was a German doctor and long-time editor of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt .


Vollmann studied medicine in Berlin and Würzburg , and received his license to practice medicine in 1894. From 1896 he worked in Berlin as a specialist in gynecology . In 1916 he took over the editing of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt. This made him its first full-time editor-in-chief. According to his own statements, his qualification came from ten years of authorship in the "Berliner Klinische Wochenschrift". From 1925 Siegmund Vollmann represented German medical journalism in the "Association of the Medical Press" and in international professional associations.

In 1930 he messed with a number of progressive doctors involved in social hygiene . In the Ärzteblatt, Vollmann criticized a poster for the Dresden hygiene exhibition that statistically showed the connection between poverty and tuberculosis . He wrote:

“In an exhibition dedicated to social hygiene and welfare, it must arouse strange feelings when such a table announces that with an annual income of 1,050 marks 90 out of 10,000, and with an income of 27,000 marks only 5.5 out of 10,000 die of tuberculosis. It is precisely these differences that are supposed to be blurred by social hygiene, that terrible law of the interactions between illness and poverty, which must generate class bitterness, be broken. Such a table is at least superfluous. "

Immediately after the National Socialists came to power in 1933, Vollmann lost his job with the Ärzteblatt because of his Jewish descent. He practiced as a general practitioner in Berlin-Schöneberg until September 30, 1938, before he emigrated to England with his wife on August 9, 1939. Presumably after the end of World War II, the couple went to France, where they died for a week in a row.

Siegmund Vollmann should not be confused with Heinrich Vollmann , a Berlin doctor who carried out experiments on rickety children in the 1920s , which caused a sensation.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Minutes of the meeting of the Berlin Reichstag on March 6, 1931
  2. ^ Deutscher Ärzteverlag GmbH, editorial office of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt: Dr. med. Siegmund Vollmann - 1933: An editor has to go . ( [accessed on July 25, 2017]).