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Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine

The Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Hospital Tübingen is dedicated to research in the fields of medical ethics, the history of medicine and the theory of medicine. It is also responsible for student teaching in the cross-section 2 "History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine". The "Ethics of Medicine" department is located on the "Tal" Hospital premises (at Schleichstrasse number 8). The "History of Medicine" department is located at Goethestrasse number 6.

Clinical Ethics Committee

The office of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the University Hospital Tübingen is also located in the Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine.

Clinical Ethics Committee

Institute Management

Prof. Dr. Dr. Urban Wiesing

Prof. Dr. Dr. Urban Wiesing
Managing Director

Tel. +49 7071 29-78016
Fax +49 7071 29-5190
Department of Ethics in Medicine
Gartenstr. 47
72074 Tübingen

Tel. +49 7071 29-78016
Fax: +49 7071 29-5190
(Link zu )
Department of History in Medicine
Goethestr. 6
72076 Tübingen

Tel. +49 7071 29-72950
Fax +49 7071 551784


Main focal points of the Ethics Department
  • Medical ethics, the physician's responsibilities
  • Scientific theory and historical self-conception in medicine
  • Clinical ethics and ethics advisory services
  • Ethical aspects of human improvement
  • Euthanasia and medical self-conception
  • Ethics of research conducted on human-beings
  • Ethical implications of genetic screening, genetic information and insurance issues
  • Equity and priorities in the provision of health care
  • Ethical implications of the employment of computers in medicine (including telemedicine)
Main focal points of the History Department
  • The history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis (Freud biography, Freud's correspondence, Freud's library, Ludwig Binswanger and his patients)
  • Social history and psychiatry
  • Medicine in the era of National Socialism




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