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History of medicine and medical ethics in the Model Medicine Curriculum

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Medical terminology
  • Fundamentals of medical thinking and acting (GÄDH)

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Teaching in the Model Medicine Curriculum

The Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine has been involved in the teaching of the Model Medicine Curriculum since its introduction. Even the predecessor of the Reform Study Program was designed in close cooperation with individual members of the Institute.


  • VL OE: The Charité: From the poorhouse of the residence to the hospital of the metropolis
  • VL M01: Medical terminology
  • VL M02: Rudolf Virchow and the Revolution in Medicine
  • VL M02: Medical handling concepts in historical conditionality: from bedside medicine to hospital medicine
  • VL M03: Technical language lives! Understanding medical letters and other medical texts
  • VL M03: Introduction to medical ethics
  • VL M04: Medical terminology
  • VL M06: Basics of health promotion and prevention
  • VL M06: Health and disease from a historical perspective
  • VL M07: The experiment in experimentation: the foundations of modern science using the example of Humboldt's self-experiments
  • VL M07: Human experience and behavior in experiments
  • VL M07: How knowledge is created
  • VL M08: The experiment in the experiment: the basics of modern science
  • VL M12: You are what you eat - you eat what you are: basics of eating behavior
  • VL M20: The sociocultural genesis and meaning of pain
  • VL M21: Crossing borders in medicine: from the Nuremberg Code to the development of bioehtics
  • VL M31: Tension, patient autonomy and medical responsibility: ethical, legal and clinical dimensions
  • - VL M31: Schizophrenia as a model disease
  • - VL MUVIX: Legal and ethical aspects of abortion and prenatal medicine Seminars


  • Module 02: Historical and Ethical Aspects of Genetics
  • Module 06: Preventing or Fighting: Dealing with Cholera in the 19th Century
  • Module 06: Aims, concepts and measures of health promotion and prevention
  • Module 21: Is scientifically good medicine necessarily ethically good medicine?
  • Module 36: Ethical conflict situations at the end of life

Medical terminology

The teaching of medical terminology in the model course of study takes place within the framework of a one-hour practical course. Here you will learn the advantages and disadvantages of a specialized language and also roughly orient yourself about the basics of the formation of clinical and anatomical terms. Since it is not possible in the short time available to provide a comprehensive understanding of the history, structure and use of medical terminology, we recommend that you work in self-study with the help of the regular course.