Non is beatus qui cupita possidet
Sed qui negata non cupit.

Berol[ini] d. 7. Julii 1713

Gundelsheimer Reg[is] Prussiae Archiater



Happy is not he who can possess those things he desires / but he who does not desire those that he cannot possess.

In Berlin, on July 7, 1713.

Gundelsheimer, court physician of the Prussian King






p. 387. Berlin, July 7, 1713

Gundelsheimer, Andreas von
(1668-1715), German physician

Andreas Gundelsheimer was born in 1668 in Feuchtwangen near to Ansbach, the son of the local pastor M. Michael G. (?-1715). After the high school of Ansbach he studied in Altdorf, where he graduated in medicine in 1688. He travelled with a rich merchant to Italy, where he attended for five years the lectures of the chemist Boehme. He focused mostly on the treatment of intermittent fever. Then he practised in Paris, where he made acquaintance with the renowned botanist Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708), and he accepted the commission of the French government to accompany him in 1700 on his long scientific journey in Greece, Turkey, Armenia and Persia. In Constantinople they separated, and Gundelsheimer returned to Europe. He served as a military physician in Piemont and Brabant, where he was awarded a medal, and then he went to Berlin. In 1705 the Prussian King Frederick I (1657-1713) appointed him inner councillor, and ennobled him. The establishment of the theatrum anatomicum of Berlin is mostly his merit. He accompanied Frederick William I (1688-1740) to the campaign of Pommern, where he died in a heavy fever on June 17, 1715 in Stettin (Szczecin). He never got married. His sharp mind and tongue were widely respected. His work: Tentamen de cosmicis affectionibus corporis animati … praeside Joh. Christophoro Sturmio, submittet Gundelsheimer. Altdorf, 1688.

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