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The medical practice in the last third of the 19th century. Homoeopath Dr Friedrich Paul von Bönninghausen, MD (1828-1910)

The project will analyse, by way of example, the practice of a homoeopathic physician in the late 19th Century. Friedrich Paul von Bönninghausen, the son of lay homoeopath Clemens von Bönninghausen, inherited his father’s practice in Münster, Westphalia in 1864. The material for the research project is a selection of the 34 patient journals that bear testimony to Bönninghausen’s medical work from 1864 to 1889.

The project is part of the research association ‘The Medical Practice (17th to 19th century)’ which is promoted by the German Research Foundation DFG and was mainly initiated and developed by the IGM (Professor Dr M. Dinges). (Spokesperson: Professor Dr Dr Michael Stolberg, Würzburg).
The word ‘practice’ is used in a dual sense referring to the actual venue and organisational framework of the physician-patient encounter as well as to the actual therapeutic and communicative practices applied during this encounter. The research projects, eight in all, from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are categorised by three central, cross-project themes. Apart from the everyday practice, the main research focus is on the patients as well as the on body of available knowledge.

Since 1st November 2009, Marion Baschin, MA, has been in charge of the project on a part-time basis.