||Goettingen University – Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Centre for Information and Documentation for Ethics in Medicine of the Academy for Ethics in Medicine, Goettingen University, Germany|
The Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at Goettingen University is an academic institution devoted to research and teaching activities in the field of bioethics. The department is closely linked with the Centre for Information and Documentation on Ethics in Medicine (IDEM) of the German federal association “Academy for Ethics in Medicine”.
IDEM and the Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine together co-ordinate the EURETHNET project.
Academy for Ethics in Medicine - Information and Documentation Centre for Ethics in Medicine
Established in 1986, the Academy for Ethics in Medicine (AEM) is an internationally known non-profit making organisation with offices in Goettingen. Its more than 400 members include physicians, caregivers, philosophers, theologians, jurists and members of other professions.
The AEM does not take a specific ethical view but sees itself as an independent forum for varied views and convictions. It aims at promoting the discourse on ethical issues in medicine, the health professions and the health care system. To this end, it carries out scientific projects, organises conferences and symposia, launches working groups for dealing with special topics, advises individuals as well as institutions, and publishes the journal “Ethik in der Medizin” (Springer Verlag).
The AEM is member of the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME) and represents medical ethics within the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF).
In 1992, the Information and Documentation Centre for Ethics in Medicine (IDEM) was established at the offices of the AEM.
IDEM’s services include
the creation and maintenance of a literature database
literature searches on order
help in obtaining listed literature
finding experts for lectures
expertises and projects
From 1996-1999 IDEM coordinated the establishment of a European information and database network for ethics in medicine (EUROETHICS), which was the basis of the current EURETHNET project.
Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Goettingen University
The Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at Goettingen University was founded in 1961.
Since 1998, Claudia Wiesemann is head of the department. She has established close connections to the Academy for Ethics in Medicine housed in the same building.
The department is devoted to research and teaching in the field of bioethics and medical history. It houses a library and a museum for the history of midwifery and obstetrics.
The library’s collection of books and journals amounts to 21783 volumes. Services include online searching of the library catalogue via the State and University Library Goettingen.
Armamentarium obstetricium Gottingense
In 1751, the first European maternity hospital which was a university institution was founded in Göttingen. The directors of this hospital collected obstetric instruments, wax models and other exhibits for teaching and research purposes. An special exhibition illustrates the practice of obstetrics and its ethical conflicts throughout the last 250 years.
Fields of Research:
Medicine in the middle ages,
medicine in national socialist time,
history of medical ethics in the 20th century,
history of organ transplantation and brain death,
history of addiction
gene and reproductive technologies,
bioethics from a gender perspective,
Academy for Ethics in Medicine
Information and Documentation Centre for Ethics in Medicine
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Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
University of Goettingen
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