Hufeland, Christoph Wilhelm

BORN 12 Aug 1762, Langensalza, Thüringen - DIED 25 Aug 1836, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Chausseestrasse (CAM (Ehrengrab, 1. Weg, li., li. S.))

Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland studied medicin in Jena and Göttingen and became a physician in 1783 at his father's practice in Weimar. In Weimar he stood in close contact with Goethe, Schiller, Herder and Wieland, who all consulted him. In 1792 he became a professor in Weimar.

In 1796 he published the internationally successful "Makrobiotik, Oder Die Kunst Das Menschliche Leben Zu Verlängern". In 1798 he became physician to king Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and he became a member of the Academy of Arts. In 1801 he discontinued his practice in Weimar.

In 1806 Hufeland accompanied queen Louise who fled to Königsberg for the Napoleontic troops without bringing his own wife (Juliane Ameling, 1771-1845) and seven children in safety first. His wife left him and married Ernst Christian Heinrich Bischoff, a former student of Hufeland.

In 1809 he became professor of Pathology and Therapy at the new university in Berlin. He wrote about almost all subjects related to medicin.

Related persons
• was physician to Friedrich Wilhelm III, king of Prussia
• was physician to Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• has a connection with Louise von Mecklenburg-Strelitz, königin von Preussen
• was physician to Schiller, Friedrich von


The grave of C.W. Hufeland at the Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (26 Mar 2007)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Hughes, Arthur

Published: 27 May 2007
Last update: 27 Jan 2022