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Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

Urs Leo Gantenbein

Urs Leo Gantenbein, Dr. med.

  • Research Affiliate
  • Evolutionary Pathophysiology and Mummy Studies Group



Research, Main Topics

Paracelsus studies, history of medicine and pharmacy, especially of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, history of infectious diseases esp. syphilis, history of mummification

Current Research Projects

  • Conceptual evolution of syphilis in Early Modern Europe
  • Ulrich von Hutten (1488-1523) as an early syphilis patient, paleopathological investigation of his remains
  • A case of near-death experience in the Winterthur plague epidemics of 1611
  • First edition of Paracelsus's theological works
  • Electronic compilation of the complete works of Paracelsus, together with an exhaustive index