Collection PC009 - Kathe Heinemann Papers


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Kathe Heinemann Papers


  • 1939-1965 (Creation)


0.50 Linear Feet

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Biographical history

Kathe Heinemann (1889-1972) was a German physician and educator. She received doctor of philosophy in 1922 from Goettingen University. Dr. Heinemann was employed as a teacher in Breslau and Kassel until 1933, when she enrolled in medical school. She served as the personal assistant to pathologist Ludwig Aschoff at the University of Freiburg and took her medical dissertation on appendicitis under him. Upon graduation, she joined the staff of the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine in 1937. At the conclusion of WWII, Dr. Heinemann became the chief physician of the municipal hospital in Kassel, and in 1948, she became head of the provisional administration of the Pathological Institute of the Municipal Hospital.

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This small collection includes manuscripts and research materials (primarily in German) for two unpublished articles titled: “Die Aerzteheiligen Kosmas und Damian; ihre Wunderheilungen in Licht alter and neuer Medicin” and "Ueber Skelettdarstellungen aus der Antike und ihre Bedeutung fuer die Medizinsgeschichte."

With the editorial assistance of Washington University’s former director of the medical library Estelle Brodman, the article on St. Cosmas and St. Damian (patron saints of physicians, surgeons, and pharmacists) was published by the _Medizin Historische Journal_in 1974 (Volume 9, pages 255-317). The second paper is on the subject of illustrations of skeletons in antiquity.

The materials for both papers include photographs and other graphic materials for the plates, letters concerning the plates, notes, and draft manuscripts.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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