Since 2004 the Medical University of Vienna is the successor institution of the former Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna which was founded in 1365. Due to this long history of the Medical Faculty, the Medical University of Vienna, today hosts a rich and extensive cultural heritage. Thus the century long efforts involved in medical knowledge are documented, but also the ties of medicine to the framing social conditions and the resultant often problematic effects.
It is our task to preserve, protect and support access to this manifold cultural heritage of the Medical University of Vienna, respectively that of the former Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna. The Medical University of Vienna understands this as one of its obligations towards society. As a consequence, in October 2006 a Cultural Assets Commissary had been appointed and in 2007 the sub unit for the cultural heritage "Collections of the Medical University of Vienna" was founded.
Please find, herewith, an overview of the rich cultural inheritance of the Medical University of Vienna and of the research and teaching activities of the "Department and Collections of the History of Medicine".
Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schütz
Rector of the Medical University of Vienna