Prof. Dr. Kay Peter Jankrift

Fellow

Vita

2014 – 2020
University of Ulm
Research Associate, Institute of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine
2013 – 2016
Technical University of Munich
Research Associate, Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine
2012 – 2013
University of Ulm
Research Associate, Institute of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine
2011 – 2012
Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum Ingolstadt
Research Associate
2009 – 2014
University of Augsburg
Research Associate, Institut für Europäische Kulturgeschichte
2008 – 2009
Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Research Associate
2006 – 2008
University of Bochum
Research Associate and Lecturer
2000 – 2004
Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Research Associate (2005 – 2020: Freelancer at the Institute)
1997 – 2000
University of Münster
Research Associate, Institute of Medical Ethics, History and Philosophy of Medicine

Research Project

Medical authority in criminal proceedings from the decree of the Constitutio Criminalis Carolina until the end of the Old Empire

Trying to unify the conditions of criminal proceedings in the Holy Roman Empire which was splintered in numerous territories, the Constitutio Criminalis Carolina defined amongst other things the role of medical experts. The regulations granted representatives of the lower health professions such as surgeons and midwifes important functions in providing evidence and as witnesses in court. This sparked a lively discourse among learned physicians who according to their own understanding of class claimed an interpretative sovereignty in all questions concerning the human body. Moreover, physicians endeavored to determine their relationship with the lawyers.

The study uses the examples of Münster, Nuremberg and Rostock to compare theories in forensic medical writings written by physicians of these cities with the development of practices used in criminal proceedings between the 16th and the end of the 18th century. The aim of the investigation is to identity aspects of unification and diversity as well as the causes of specific developments.

Selected Publications

Jankrift, Kay Peter, Im Angesicht der „Pestilenz“. Seuchen in rheinischen und westfälischen Städten (1349-1600), Stuttgart 2020.

Jankrift, Kay Peter und Ruth Schilling, Medical practice in context. Religion, family, politics and scientific networks, in: Martin Dinges, Kay Peter Jankrift, Sabine Schlegelmilch, Michael Stolberg (Hg.), Medical practice, 1600-1900. Physicians and their patients, Leiden/Boston 2016, 131-150.

Jankrift, Kay Peter, Mit der Verstocktheit eines Ketzers. Das Bild des häretischen Arztes in Gabriele de Zerbis „De cautelis medicorum“ (1495), in: Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio (Hg.), Medical Ethics. Premodern Negotiations between Medicine and Philosophy, Stuttgart 2014, 131-142.