Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

The campus of Charité, Europe's largest university hospital, has its origins in 1710 in Mitte. In that year, with the spread of the plague in Europe, Frederick I of Prussia built a quarantine hospitals. In 1713 with the building of the anatomic theatre there was the birth of the school of medicine, managed by the Collegium Medico-Chirurgicum.After the plague spared the city, the building was converted as a hospice for destitute old people, a workhouse for beggars, and a maternity home for unmarried mothers. In the 1727 became a military hospital and infirmary for the will of king Frederick William I, who also called it 'Charité'. Thanks to some financial resources and to the Prussian Medical Edict of 1725 , the structure was improved. The Charité had some main functions: it was a hospice for the poor (until 1798) and a state hospital.After the foundation of 'Pépinière Institute', a military academy, the Charité became a center for the education of military physicians.With the birth of the University of Berlin(1810), the Collegium Medico-Chirurgic was disbanded and a large university center was created near the Charité on Ziegelstrasse. Then these clinics has moved to the Charité, until 1927 when the Charité became an University Medical Center. Between 1896 and 1917 there was the construction of a new uniform red brick building, after the whole demolition of the Charité complex. During the second world war it was seriously damaged and it was rebuilt under the GDR. After the division of Berlin because of the 'Berlin's wall', the Charité remained the principal hospital of East Berlin. After the reunification of the city in it there were Virchow Hospital, Franklin Hospital and the Charité. Until 2003 when the first two where englobed in the third.And this led to the official beginning of the Charité as we know it today.1


A view from the other side of the River Sprea.


A frontal vision of the Charité.


A map of the structure of the Charité.


Buildings in the Charité.


Pathology Institute.


Buildings in the Charité.


Mental and psychiatric institute.


Roads inside the Campus.


New Hospital.

In the Charité there is also the Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité and in the University it could be observed some historical objects, such as the Marey tambour and the Einthoven galvanometer.
A lot of importante science personalities worked into the Charité:

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