Medical excellence made in Germany - global health
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Aspirin: Almost everybody is familiar with the painkiller Aspirin. Its active ingredient, acetyl-salicylic acid, is even included in the WHO List of Essential Medicines. In 1897, a German chemist working for the company Bayer was the first person who managed to produce this active ingredient in pure form. Today, "Bayer-Aspirin" is the most widely sold acetyl-salicylic acid drug in the world.
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The plaster: The first-ever self-adhesive medical dressing was developed by researchers at the Hamburg-based Baiersdorf Group in 1921. Today, plasters and bandages made of many different materials and with a vast range of properties are a standard part of medical care.
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Medical technology: Progress in medical research in Germany goes hand in hand with innovation in medical technology. In the early 20th century in Lepizig, for instance, mammography was used for the first time; the leading method used today to detect breast cancer. The German companies Fresenius Medical Care and Siemens are among the world's leading suppliers of medical devices and are working continuously on innovative solutions in medical technology for diagnostics and therapy.
Germany has always been known as one of the world's top addresses for innovative medicine and successful healthcare.
Many German doctors have written medical history. In the mid-19th century, Robert Koch founded modern bacteriology and microbiology. With his discovery of x-rays at the end of the 19th century, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen revolutionised diagnostics. Max Delbrück is considered to be one of the founders of modern molecular biology and genetics. And again in the 19th century, Rudolf Virchow not only created the basis for modern hygiene and healthcare, he was also a pioneer of basic medical care for society. The development of the German healthcare system is today a model for many other nations.
University hospitals at the cutting edge of medical care
At the top of Germany's healthcare sector are the country's 33 university hospitals, the first of which was founded as early as in the mid-14th century. This is where scientists are working continuously on new findings and medical innovations, where doctors from all over the world are being trained, and where patients are receiving outstanding medical treatment. Germany's university hospitals have produced 16 Nobel Prize winners in medicine.
Germany's university hospitals are now networked when it comes to important medical topics, so that patients can benefit faster from the latest medical research findings. One such "German Center for Health Research" is also based at University Hospital Cologne.
Trailblazing successes in German research
State-of-the-art CT scanners can now generate complex, multi-dimensional images of the human body in a matter of minutes; they can even visualise a beating heart. Minimally invasive surgery methods are also common procedures in operating theatres. All over the world, young women and girls can be vaccinated against cervical cancer. In cancer therapy, ion radiation is used to treat hard-to-reach tumours with millimetre precision without damaging healthy tissue. Today, stem cells can be taken from a vein in the arm so that complicated surgery is no longer needed for stem cell donations. All of the above is thanks to German researchers.
Medical success in cancer therapy thanks to University Hospital Cologne
The doctors and scientists at University Hospital Cologne have helped to make this success happen: The treatment of chronic lymphatic leukaemia (CLL) was recently improved significantly thanks to research work by the CLL Study Group led by Professor Michael Hallek. The fact that patients suffering from Hodgkin's disease now have twice as high a chance of being cured is the result of work by the German Hodgkin Study Group, which is networked with other hospitals and led by Professor Andreas Engert. The treatment of lung cancer is today much more targeted than it was just a few years ago – all thanks to extensive research work by the Lung Cancer Group Cologne led by Professor Jürgen Wolf. All of these research groups are based on the campus of University Hospital Cologne.
Medical excellence for patients from all over the world
More and more patients from around the globe are placing their trust in medical excellence made in Germany. At University Hospital Cologne, we offer diagnosis and treatment tailored to each individual patient. The treatment you receive will be based on the latest findings in international medicine with an emphasis on personal talks and advice for you. University Hospital Cologne International is a leader when it comes to medical excellence for all – made in Germany!