Zurich Paracelsus Project

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Dr. Urs Leo Gantenbein MD MSc

Dr. med. Urs Leo Gantenbein

Curriculum Vitae of Urs Leo Gantenbein

Urs Leo Gantenbein has first studied mathematics and physics at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich which he completed in 1979 with a master's degree. He then worked as an assistant to the Mathematisches Seminar of the ETH and obtained the Diploma for Advanced Teaching Abilities (Diplom für das Höhere Lehramt). In 1983 he began to study medicine at the University of Zurich, finishing with the state examination in 1989 and a medical historical Dr. med. thesis in 1992. After six years of postgraduate clinical internship he received the FMH Certification in General Internal Medicine and resumed in 1995 a part-time medical practice in the city of Winterthur. From 1993 to 2003 he was a research fellow at the Institute and Museum for the History of Medicine of the University of Zurich with a teaching assignment. From 2004 to 2011 he remained research associate of the institute. Since late 2011 he is research associate of the Paleopathology and Mummy Studies Group of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine of the University of Zurich.

In 1998 Urs Leo Gantenbein has founded the Zurich Paracelsus Project which gave a new impetus in the field of Paracelsus Studies. As part of these endeavors he is the editor of the multi-volume New Paracelsus Edition.

Main Focus of Research
Paracelsus studies, history of medicine and pharmacy, especially of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, history of alchemy, history of mummies and embalmment


Honorary Member of the Deutsche Bombastus-Gesellschaft DBG
Past-President of the Swiss Paracelsus Society SPG
Past Vice President of the International Paracelsus Society IPG
Member of the Kompetenzzentrum Zürcher Mediävistik (Center for Medieval Studies Zurich)
Member of the Advisory Board of the Theophrastus-Stiftung
Past-Secretary of the Swiss Society for the History of Medicine and Natural Sciences SGGMN