Publication

Back to overview

Ein Auslaufmodell? Eine Laienheilerpraxis in der Akademisierung.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Author Ritzmann Iris, Weikl Katharina,
Project Ein Auslaufmodell: Medizinische Praxis und Lebenswelt eines Laienheilers in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts
Show all

Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Gesnerus - Swiss Journal of the History of Medcicine and Sciences
Volume (Issue) 69(1)
Page(s) 76 - 94
Title of proceedings Gesnerus - Swiss Journal of the History of Medcicine and Sciences

Abstract

This article deals with a healer’s practice in a rural Swiss region during the first half of the 19th century. The lay-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 rise to power of the 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. The medical records of Wa chter’s and other sources allow us to enter into the question how this healer’s practice tried to persist on the medical market.
-