Medical Memories and Experiences in Postwar East Germany: Treatments of the Past

1st Edition

Markus Wahl

Routledge
Published June 13, 2019
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780367138707 - CAT# K410056
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

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Summary

This book draws on the example of the major cities of Leipzig and Dresden to illustrate continuity and change in public health in the German Democratic Republic. Based on archival work, it will demonstrate how members of the medical profession successfully manipulated their pre-1945 past in order to continue practising, leading to persistence in the social conception of medicine and disease after Communism took hold. This was particularly evident in attitudes towards and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and the pathology of deviant behaviour among young people.

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