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The Most Excellent Cabinet

Rüdiger Schultka
The Most Excellent Cabinet
The Meckel Collections at Halle (Saale)

History, composition, and selected specimens
from the Anatomical Teaching and Research Collections

Produced by the Förderverein Meckelsche Sammlungen
of the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg e. V.
Photographs by Janos Stekovics

english edition
296 pages
280 coloured photographs
9,8 × 12,8 inches
50,00 EUR
ISBN 978-3-89923-388-9

The great significance of the Meckel Collections — as collections dedicated to the teaching and research of anatomy, but also as a scientific institution well worth seeing — extends far beyond the city of Halle (Saale).
In the 18th century, the character of institutions of this kind had begun to change. They were no longer baroque cabinets of curiosities, but significant locations in the quest for new knowledge.
Armed with new technical processes, anatomists and preparators achieved remarkable results, creating specimens invaluable to the systematic analysis of human and animal bodies and working to produce fascinating, delicate artworks. The Meckel family of doctors combined skilled handiwork, imaginative entrepreneurship, and a visionary commitment to research.
By 1830, Johann Friedrich Meckel the Elder (1724—1774), Philipp Friedrich Theodor Meckel (1755—1803), and Johann Friedrich Meckel the Younger (1781—1833) had assembled a prodigious private collection, featuring at least 12,000 items. The dry, wet, injection, and corrosion specimens comprise a compendium on human anatomy and on human and animal malformations that is unique — and not only in its scale. Successors cared for and added to the treasures, and, despite some turbulence, they substantially survive today. A contemporary chronicle calls the Meckel Collections: “the most excellent cabinet in our city”. Today, they remain a fascinating, startling European-class institution full of riches, and far more than just a place for experts.

Prof. Dr. sc. med. Rüdiger Schultka
was born in 1939. He studied medicine at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg at Halle (Saale). He is a doctor specialising in anatomy, facultas docendi, with Promotion B (habilitation) to Dr. sc. med. From 1985 to 1987, he was a university lecturer in anatomy at the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena. In 1987, he was appointed as full professor of anatomy at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. From 1987 to 1992, he was head of the Institut für Anatomie at Halle. From 1993 to 2004, he was head of the macroscopic anatomy department of the Institut für Anatomie und Zellbiologie. He retired in 2004. He is head of the Meckel Collections (since 2004, in an honorary capacity). In 2007, he became chairman of the Meckel Collections support association, the Förderverein Meckelsche Sammlungen of the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg e. V. In 2010, he was awarded the Förderverein’s Meckel-Preis, and in 2012 he received the Lehrpreis (Teaching Award) from the Medizinische Fakultät of the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. In 2006, the Meckel Collections of the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg was one of the places selected for the “Deutschland — Land der Ideen” (“Germany: Nation of Ideas”) competition.


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