Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: 10.25143/amhr.2019.XII.03
Title: Closed Venereology Wards in the German Democratic Republic
Other Titles: Slēgtās veneroloģijas nodaļas Vācijas Demokrātiskajā Republikā
Authors: Steger, Florian
Schochow, Maximilian
Keywords: East Germany;education;Ministry of State Security;patient isolation;physician-patient relations;political activities;sexually transmitted diseases;VDR / Austrumvācija;izglītība;Valsts drošības ministrija;pacientu izolācija;pacientu un ārstu attiecības;politiskās aktivitātes;seksuāli transmisīvās slimības
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: RSU Medicīnas vēstures institūts. Paula Stradiņa Medicīnas vēstures muzejs.
Series/Report no.: 12 (31);
Abstract: Over the 40-year existence of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), multiple thousands of women have been committed to closed venereol- ogy wards. The system of compulsory hospitalisation to closed venere- ology wards established in the GDR was based on the Soviet healthcare system. Its purpose was not simply to sanction behavior that diverged from the prescribed socialist norm but also to educate women in accordance with socialist standards. The involuntarily committed women in the GDR were treated by measures of politicised medicine. This medicine was shaped and executed by actors who imposed their own standards on the victimised women daily. Moreover, all closed venereology wards in the GDR were monitored by the Ministry of State Security through a network of inoffi- cial informants.
DOI: 10.25143/amhr.2019.XII.03
ISSN: 1022-8012
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