Doctor of the Week Middle Ages

The Polymath Hildegard of Bingen

Illustration of Hildegard of Bingen having a vision in Liber Scivias within the Rupertsberger Codex (around 1180)

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a German Benedictine abbess, founder of 2 monasteries, writer, inventor of the constructed language “Lingua Ignota”, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, prophet and polymath.

Medical personnel

The History of PPE in Medicine

Asklepios, the god of medicine, wearing a face mask
Credit for the mask: “Design vector created by freepik

On today´s World Day for Safety and Health at Work by the UN, I cover a very current topic for everyone who can not work in home office: the use of PPE (personal protection equipment) at work.

Antiquity Doctor of the Week

Chatting with Galen of Pergamon

You voted for Galen of Pergamon and so he is the first within the series “Doctor of the Week”.


Malaria – How Mosquitos Stung Mankind for Millennia

On today´s World Malaria Day by the WHO, I want to give you an overview on the role of malaria in the history of medicine.

Antiquity Medical books

The Top 5 of Influential Medical (Text)books I: Antiquity

Today is the 25th World Book and Copyright Day by the UNESCO!! For that occasion I present you the “Top 5 Infuential Medical (Text)books from Antiquity”.


5 Facts on the Medical Use of Cannabis within History

Ebers Papyrus (~ 1550 BC), includes the prescription for medical use

On the International Cannabis Day I want to present you 5 facts on its historical use in medicine.


Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine Challenge

This blog post might seem off-topic to some, but it is not. Why? As Picasso said in the above mentioned quote: Art has a therapeutic element, which we need especially in the current situation.

Medical Jobs

World Health Day 2020

The Role of Nurses and Midwives in History

Basic knowledge

Milestones in Modern Medicine I

The history of medical milestones is not always as shine as expected but it is accompanied by failure and coincidence. Other disciplines, especially physics, chemistry and biology contributed enormously to medical milestones and even enabled many of them.

This article is not a list of milestones, but I tried to show you the big picture with some examples. For those of you who love lists there will be a follow-up article soon.

Basic knowledge

The Role of Infectious Diseases within History

Microscopic in size but enormous in impact

Viruses and bacteria have accompanied human´s history from its very beginning. Since the shift to agrarian life 10,000 years ago infectious diseases increased dramatically and pandemics happened: More and more people lived close to each other and to animals, often under poor sanitation and nutrition, which are the perfect circumstances for viruses and bacteria to grow and spread. Among these early viruses and bacteria were illnesses such as malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, influenza, smallpox, measles and polio.