Doing Medicine Together: Germany and Russia Between the Wars

By Susan Gross Solomon

© 2006

Of the many interwar connections between Germany and Russia, one of the most unusual - and least explored - is medicine and public health. Between 1922 and 1932, with high-level political support and government funding, Soviet and German physicians and public health specialists collaborated in joint research expeditions, published joint articles, launched a bi-lingual journal, and established joint research institutions. Surprisingly, students of Soviet-German relations have all but ignored this medical collaboration; while historians of science have treated it as political history, an exercise in cultural diplomacy designed to mitigate the impact of the post-war exclusion of both nations from the international science.

The contributors to this volume, who come from Germany, Russia, Britain, the United States and Canada, depart from the traditional approach to the subject. Drawing on previously inaccessible archival materials, the authors move beyond politics to examine the impact of this collaboration on scientific activity. Contributors analyze aspects of the German-Russian collaboration often overlooked by students of cross-national science, including the choice of 'friends' across borders, the activities of scientific entrepreneurs, the tensions between bi-lateral and international science, and the migration of scientists. Treating Soviet-German medical relations as an instance of trans-national science lays bare its unique features. Ultimately, Doing Medicine Together raises new and important questions about the vaunted 'special' relation between Soviet Russia and Weimar Germany.

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  • Series: German and European Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.7in x 9.3in
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Doing Medicine Together raises new and important questions about the vaunted ‘special’ relation between Soviet Russia and Weimar Germany.

Doing Medicine Together: Germany and Russia Between the Wars

By Susan Gross Solomon

© 2006

Of the many interwar connections between Germany and Russia, one of the most unusual - and least explored - is medicine and public health. Between 1922 and 1932, with high-level political support and government funding, Soviet and German physicians and public health specialists collaborated in joint research expeditions, published joint articles, launched a bi-lingual journal, and established joint research institutions. Surprisingly, students of Soviet-German relations have all but ignored this medical collaboration; while historians of science have treated it as political history, an exercise in cultural diplomacy designed to mitigate the impact of the post-war exclusion of both nations from the international science.

The contributors to this volume, who come from Germany, Russia, Britain, the United States and Canada, depart from the traditional approach to the subject. Drawing on previously inaccessible archival materials, the authors move beyond politics to examine the impact of this collaboration on scientific activity. Contributors analyze aspects of the German-Russian collaboration often overlooked by students of cross-national science, including the choice of 'friends' across borders, the activities of scientific entrepreneurs, the tensions between bi-lateral and international science, and the migration of scientists. Treating Soviet-German medical relations as an instance of trans-national science lays bare its unique features. Ultimately, Doing Medicine Together raises new and important questions about the vaunted 'special' relation between Soviet Russia and Weimar Germany.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: German and European Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.7in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    Susan Gross Soloman is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Preface

    Contributors

    Introduction: Germany, Russia, and Medical Cooperation between the Wars

    SUSAN GROSS SOLOMON

    Part One: ‘Choosing’ Scientific Friends

    1 German Overtures to Russia, 1919–1925: Between Racial Expansion and National Coexistence

    PAUL WEINDLING

    2 Partners of Choice/Faute de Mieux? Russians and Germans at the 200th Anniversary of the Academy of Sciences, 1925

    MARINA SOROKINA

    3 Leftists versus Nationalists in Soviet–Weimar Cultural Diplomacy: Showcases, Fronts, and Boomerangs

    MICHAEL DAVID-FOX

    Part Two: Scientific Entrepreneurs across Borders

    4 How to Win Friends and Influence People: Heinz Zeiss, Boundary Objects, and the Pursuit of Cross-National Scientific Collaboration in Microbiology

    ELIZABETH HACHTEN

    5 ‘Creating Confidence’: Heinz Zeiss as a Traveller in the Soviet Union, 1921–1932

    WOLFGANG ECKART

    6 Infertile Soil: Heinz Zeiss and the Import of Medical Geography to Russia, 1922–1930

    SUSAN GROSS SOLOMON

    7 The Scientist as Lobbyist: Heinz Zeiss and Auslandsdeutschtum

    SABINE SCHLEIERMACHER

    Part Three: Bilateralism and Internationalism

    8 Castor and Pollux in Brain Research: The Berlin and the Moscow Brain Research Institutes

    JOCHEN R ICHTER

    9 Eugenics, Rassenhygiene, and Human Genetics in the Late 1930s: The Case of the Seventh International Genetics Congress

    NIKOLAI KREMENTSOV

    Part Four: Scientific Migration to ‘the Other’

    10 Home Away from Home: The Berlin Neuroanatomist Louis Jacobsohn-Lask in Russia

    ULRIKE EISENBERG

    11 Crossing Over: The Emigration of German-Jewish Physicians to the Soviet Union after 1933

    CAROLA T ISCHLER

    Index

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