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Robert Bosch Foundation - Institute for the History of Medicine

Established in 1980, the Institute for the History of Medicine (IGM) is the only institution of its kind in Germany with no university affiliation. It is run by the Robert Bosch charitable trust.

At present research in the institute concentrates on two main areas: the history of homoeopathy and social history of medicine, with focus on patient histories. The institute's equipment and research mandate are equal to those of departments of history of medicine at German universities.

The Institute owns a research library with more than 50,000 volumes as well as the homoeopathy archives which preserve the legacies of Samuel Hahnemann and important pupils and successors, Clemens von Bönninghausen in particular. The archives also hold the records of international and national homoeopaths’ organisations.


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