Christiane Druml Barbara Sternthal

The Josephinum

World-famous but nonetheless hidden
A one-of-a-kind collection including the “Medici Venus” and some 1,200 anatomical wax models
650 years of Viennese medical history in the spotlight


Format13,5 x 21 cm Seiten112 Abbildungen120 EinbandBroschur mit Klappen


März 2015

€ 12,90


Strolling past it, one might take the building for a charming city palace. But the almost Parisian impression created by its graceful main courtyard and delicate façade deceive: the Josephinum is the pivot point of Viennese medical history.

The Josephinum, one of the most prominent examples of neoclassical architecture in the city, was built in the course of the comprehensive social reforms initiated by Joseph II in the second half of the 18th century and was part of the “medical district” that included the mighty complex of the General Hospital and the so-called “Narrenturm”, the “Tower of Fools” that served as an insane asylum. Originally established as a medico-surgical military academy, the Josephinum is today a place in which the grand history of the Viennese medical schools is preserved and explored.

It houses a unique collection consisting of 1,200 anatomical wax models commissioned by Joseph II in Florence, the historical library, and various exhibits of medical objects from several centuries. Today’s Medical University of Vienna retains an enormously rich cultural legacy which this book presents in a compelling and informative manner.

Christiane DrumlHg.

Christiane Druml was born in Vienna and studied law at the University of Vienna. She is currently Vice-Rector for Clinical Affairs of the Medical University of Vienna and Director of the Josephinum Collections of the MedUni Vienna. Since 2007 she has been Chair of the Bioethics Commission at the Federal Chancellery of Austria as well as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee. Her research focuses are bioethics and clinical research.

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Barbara SternthalAutorin

Barbara Sternthal, promovierte Theaterwissenschaftlerin, ist Autorin, Übersetzerin und Redakteurin. Ihre thematischen Schwerpunkte: Biografien, Reisen, Kunst, Kultur(-geschichte), Architektur und Design. Zahlreiche Publikationen zum Wiener Fin de Siècle, über Venedig und vieles mehr. Sie lebt in Wien und so oft wie möglich auf Reisen.

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