Ibrahim Alkatout & Christian Hoffarth

Arm, ledig, schwanger

Die Kieler Gebäranstalt des 19. Jahrhunderts als Spiegel medizinischer und sozialer Herausforderungen

The Medical and Pharmaceutical History Collection at Christian Albrechts University in Kiel houses a display cabinet with 31 female pelvic bones. The pelvises were removed between 1840 and 1888 from the bodies of women whose births caused particular complications due to their pelvic shape and who died in the Kiel maternity hospital. Only the 31 pelvises with the medical records are still preserved from them and allow the authors of this book to trace the lives and deaths of these women.


King Christian VII of Denmark had endowed an academic midwifery school and a birthing house at Kiel University in 1805, from which the Kiel Maternity Hospital grew. In doing so, he was following a general trend: while pregnancy and childbirth had been in the hands of women alone since time immemorial, in the 18th century male physicians began to become more and more active in this field.


Ibrahim Alkatout and Christian Hoffarth explain the social and legal conditions under which single pregnant women operated, telling a history of obstetrics from the 19th century onwards. Since then, innovative examination procedures have been developed and many medical discoveries have been made that have significantly improved the circumstances for expectant mothers. This long road to today’s gynaecological standards of the western industrial nations began in institutions like the Kiel maternity hospital and with women like Dorothea, Magdalena, Magdalena, Margretha, Friederica, Engel, Louise, Wiebke, Greten, Catharina, Anna, Adele, Katharina and Maria.

Solivagus Praeteritum

1. Auflage, 461 Seiten, Hardcover, Fadenheftung, Lesebändchen. Format: 160 x 225 mm. Mit zahlreichen Illustrationen und weiteren Abbildungen, teils farbig. 3 Klappseiten.
Erscheinungsdatum: 02.11.2023

Language: Deutsch
ISBN: 978-3-947064-19-9


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Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Alkatout, born 1978, studied medicine, medical ethics and hospital management. From 2005, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Pathology at the Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel and received his doctorate from Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in 2006. In 2007 he moved to the Department of General Surgery and in 2009 to the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, where he habilitated in 2013. In 2018, he was appointed University Professor for Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted Surgery. Today he works as a senior consultant at the Universitätsfrauenklinik.

Dr. Christian Hoffarth studied Medieval and Modern History and German Studies incl. Editionswissenschaften in Heidelberg. He received his doctorate from the University of Hamburg in 2016. This was followed by research stays at McGill University and the University of Calgary (Canada). From 2018, he was a research assistant at the Institute for Personal History in Bensheim, and in 2020 he moved to the Department of Regional History at the CAU. His habilitation project is dedicated to body images in encounters between foreign cultures in the late Middle Ages.


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