Events in Torun: 12-16 september 2023

The 'History of medicine' section

O The 'History of medicine' section

For centuries, obtaining medical education and training in Europe was inseparably intertwined with the requirement (as well as need – and desire) to undertake more or less extensive peregrinatio medica ("medical journey"). In 1674, Thomas Bartholin wrote explicitly that "in our age, such great usefulness redounds to the physician from his travel that no one puts much faith in the authority of a physician who has not set foot outside his native land, and although each may have at home in abundance those things which are necessary for medical instruction, nevertheless they ought to be strengthened or increased by a comparison with things abroad." 1  This sentiment lost none of its relevance in the following centuries. In 1792 in his De medicis peregrinationibus, Johann Peter Frank pointed that the benefits of educational journeys for medical students by far outweighed all the risks associated with such undertakings. Similarly, in the 19th and 20th centuries, educational mobility, in the broadest sense of the term, was of fundamental importance for the members of medical community. An essential factor in the transfer of knowledge and skills, PM played equally important role in promoting and facilitating social and cultural change.
The conference entitled. "Travel and learning: medical educational travel, knowledge transfer and cultural exchange in Central Europe over the centuries" is intended to provide a forum to examine from a historical and sociological perspective the impact of medical educational travel in Polish and German cultural and historical space. The period under study will cover different historical eras: from early modern times to around 1989.
Conferene TRAVEL(S) AND EDUCATION: Medical Travels, Transfer of Knowledge, and Cultural Exchange in East-Central Europe over Centuries
XIX Biannual Conference of the German-Polish Society for the History of Medicine
in association with
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń 
Poznań University of Medical Sciences 
Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf 
“Bridging the Baltic: Medicine in the Baltic Sea Region” Network

Main organiser of the section

Section Partners


Programme (pdf, 6,9 MB)

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Organising Committee

Katarzyna Pękacka-Falkowska (Poznań – Toruń) 

Joanna Nieznanowska (Szczecin) 

Nils Hansson (Düsseldorf) 

Fritz Dross (Erlangen)