Special Presentation “The Faces of German Medicine”

September 7, 2022


Type Exhibition
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) September 13, 2022 — December 11, 2022
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue Intermediatheque [HOMAGE+COLONNADE 3]
[Address] KITTE 2-3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
[Access] JR lines and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line Tokyo Station. Direct access from the Marunouchi Underground Pathway.
Nijubashimae Station (Exit 4) on the Chiyoda Line (about 2 minutes on foot).
[Opening Hours] 11:00 - 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays) .
 *Opening hours may change.
[Closed on] Mondays (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday) and Year-end holidays. May close irregularly.

The Intermediatheque (IMT) reopened on June 24. To prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please read the following guidelines before visiting the museum.
[1] Please wear a mask, cover your cough, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when visiting IMT.
[2] Before entering the museum, we will check your body temperature. If your temperature is found to be over 37.5℃, we may refuse admission.
[3] If you have visited a country or region where the infection has continued to spread in the last 2 weeks, please refrain from visiting IMT.
[4] Please keep a safe distance of 2 meters from other visitors in the museum.
[5] Please do not speak in a loud voice in order to prevent an airborne infection.
[6] Please refrain from touching the exhibits, display cases, walls and any equipment bearing the sign “Do not use.”
[7] Entrance restrictions may apply depending on the number of visitors.
[8] Any group of 10 people or more may be refused admission.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required
Contact +81-47-316-2772 / From Japan: 050-5541-8600 (NTT Hello Dial Service)
The Internal Medicine Auditorium at the University of Tokyo Hospital used to have 44 portraits of past professors of internal medicine hanging five rows high on the large wall behind the podium. Although this spectacular panorama was lost with the demolition of the Internal Medicine Research Building, the portraits became part of the collection of the University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) in 2015 as valuable scientific specimens that tell the history of the University of Tokyo. A portion of these had been on display in the special exhibition “The Faces of German Medicine” (December 20, 2016–February 2, 2021). Currently, 19 of the portraits from this collection can be seen in the permanent exhibition at the Intermediatheque. Among them are the three photographic portraits of Hoffmann (1837–1894), Wernich (1843–1896), and Baelz (1849–1913), German teachers of internal medicine who introduced modern Western medicine to Japan during the Meiji period. Why were photographic portraits of German teachers who taught at the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Medicine displayed in the Internal Medicine Auditorium alongside portraits of successive Japanese professors? This is nothing but an indication of the magnitude of their contribution to the development of Japanese medicine and the depth of respect that their successors have earned for them. In addition to shedding new light on these three photographic portraits, this exhibition presents 26 portraits and related materials from the Miyake Family Collection of UMUT, formerly a modern medical family, of the German and other foreign teachers employed by the School of Medicine of the University of Tokyo who were active in the early days of Western medicine in Japan. These materials are mainly from the possession of Miyake Hiizu (1848–1938), one of Japan’s first medical doctors and a professor at the School of Medicine, who served as an interpreter for the German teachers and befriended them. Through “The Faces of German Medicine” such as Müller (1824–1893), Schultze (1840–1924), and Scriba (1848–1905), who were teachers of surgery at the University of Tokyo, as well as the above-mentioned internal medicine teachers, we will look back on a part of the history of the introduction of German medicine, which laid the foundation for the development of modern medicine in Japan. The exhibition also focuses on the cultural resources related to German medicine that remain on the campus of the University of Tokyo today, such as a stone monument (rubbed copy) in honor of Sagara Chian (1836–1906), who was instrumental in the Meiji government’s decision to introduce German medicine.

[Organizer] The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT)

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