Stories from the Museum

People and their histories of medical technology

Company founders, inventors, researchers, doctors, nurses, engineers - everyone of them has a story to tell.

Multiprogrammable pacemaker 668, 1983
A Lifesaver in a Plastic Cup

Although lives depend on them, they do their job entirely unnoticed: Today’s cardiac pacemakers are generally only slightly larger than a two-euro coin, weigh just a few grams, and are implanted in the patient’s chest wall. Until relatively recently, however, matters were very different. Read more

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A Honeymoon at Siemens

If, on your honeymoon, you tell your wife that you need to leave her for a while to do some work in an ultrasound research laboratory at Siemens, you really need to have a good reason. Fortunately for Carl Hellmuth Hertz, he had a very good one. Read more

The Pioneers of Mammography
The Pioneers of Mammography

Once Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen had discovered X-rays in November 1895, physicians everywhere began researching with the rays that would change the world. One of their hopes was that X-rays would allow them to see cancer at an earlier stage. Read more

Angiograph Siemens 1950
A rubber tube to the heart

While slipping quietly through the rooms of the Auguste-Victoria Hospital in the German town of Eberswalde in Brandenburg, the young assistant physician Werner Forssmann (1904-1979) devised a highly unusual experiment – with himself as the subject. Read more

Siemens MedMuseum - From uroscopy to large-scale automated lab
From uroscopy to large-scale automated lab

Blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile – 2,400 years ago, Hippocrates of Kos, arguably the best-known physician in history, suspected that bodily fluids influenced our health. With his doctrine of the “humors,” he and his followers paved the way for the systematic study of bodily fluids. Read more

CT story Revolution Siemens MedMuseum
A history full of revolutions

In the early 1970s, a new imaging method revolutionized the world of medicine, touching off a wave of euphoria: computed tomography (CT). Nearly 80 years after Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s 1895 discovery of X-rays, this new technology was fascinating to the medical community. Read more

Mobile Headset
Mobile headset from yesteryear?

In 1878, Werner von Siemens built a telephone with a horseshoe magnet, considerably improving voice quality compared to the first models. At the same time, it was discovered that many people with hearing loss find it easier to follow a conversation when the signal is amplified through electrical means. Read more

Siemens MedMuseum stories from the museum x-ray technology
Bringing the invisible to light

On November 8, 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, a scientist working at his lab in Würzburg, discovered a new kind of radiation, which he called “X-rays.” The rays penetrated materials and the human body to varying degrees and could be captured on a photographic plate. Read more

Siemens MedMuseum Museum stories Electromedicine
An electrifying discovery?

From having your hair stand on end to getting a jolt of static electricity – electricity definitely affects the body, and it is even responsible for controlling many bodily functions. It is what causes nerves to communicate, and electrical impulses are what stimulate the muscles. Read more

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The first patient: a bell pepper

It all started out with a bell pepper. In February 1978, Siemens began developing a new technology for medical imaging in Erlangen, a technology that would come to be known today as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Read more