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Z Gesamte Inn Med. 1989 Sep 01;44(17):518-24.

[Halle physicians as historical witnesses and specialty chronologists. I. The autobiography of the wound physician Johann Dietz (1665-1738)].

Zeitschrift fur die gesamte innere Medizin und ihre Grenzgebiete

[Article in German]
W Kaiser


  1. Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Medizin, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

PMID: 2686227


The beginnings of the autobiography and autoergography written by physicians are to be placed for the 16th and 17th century. An early example for this genre of literature which is always actual but in its valency also disputed is the self-evidence of the Halle surgeon Johann Dietz. Into the descriptions of his professional life many details of the events of his era were included. In his description chronicles of the speciality and witness of the time united themselves in a report which remained worth reading up to the present time.

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