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Ein Auslaufmodell – Spuren einer ländlichen Heilerpraxis im Zeitalter der Akademisierung

Publikationsart Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Originalbeitrag (peer-reviewed)
Publikationsdatum 2012
Autor/in Weikl Katharina, Ritzmann Iris,
Projekt Ländliche Heilerpraxis in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts
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Originalbeitrag (peer-reviewed)

Zeitschrift Gesnerus - Swiss Journal of the History of Medicine and Sciences
Volume (Issue) 71(2)
Seite(n) 76 - 94
Titel der Proceedings Gesnerus - Swiss Journal of the History of Medicine and Sciences

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This article deals with a healer’s praxis in a rural Swiss region during the first half of the 19th century. The healer Gottfried Wachter (1776-1861) learned his therapeutic knowledge from his father in the late 18th century as was typical for the period. With the expansion of academic physicians during the first decades of the 19th century the number of non-academic healers decreased. Until the end of his working life, Wachter resisted this trend as one of the last healers in his region. A patient journal of Wachter’s and other economic sources allow us to enter into the questions how this healer praxis tried to survive, which clients requested his therapy, and what kind of challenges the rising academic medicine triggered.