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Socialist Testing Grounds: Sexualhormones 1949 -1989

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Fragestellung und Ziel des Projekts

Based on the assumption that drug research did not form a hermetic knowledge space even in divided Europe, sex hormones are particularly suitable for examining (1) the history of entanglement (CMEA, East-West), (2) the influence of body politics on research and therapy, and (3) the liminality of medication between "therapy" and "enhancement".

From the perspective of drug regulation, clinical research on sex hormones in the CMEA states is examined in order to analyse and compare negotiation processes between the various actors in the pharmaceutical industry, science, clinics, state administration, the judiciary and the public ("balance of power"). Based on current and ongoing studies, the sub-project follows the path of selected hormone preparations (sex hormones) in the GDR and Hungary.


Taming the European Leviathan: The Legacy of Post-War Medicine and the Common Good


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin: Laura Hottenrott

Förderung: ERC-Synergy Grant LEVIATHAN (Action number 854503)

zugesagte Fördersumme: 9.994.934 EUR

Laufzeit: 10/2020 - 9/2026

Corresponding Principal Investigator: Volker Hess


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Volker Hess

Leitung des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin und Ethik in der Medizin