Medical-geographical analyses and administrative practice. Geographical research and the Medical College and the Medical Council between 1760 and 1830
This project examines what the two highest institutions of medical administration in the Russian empire did with the medical-topographical descriptions compiled by physicians about the Russian empire. Who worked with this material for what purpose and results? Which laws or directions were issued on the basis of the material? Because the descriptions contain many direct and indirect references to the Prussian and Austrian way of organising medical administration (both civilian and military), they can be read as a blueprint for reforms in Russia on the basis of concepts of medical geography. Not least, they shaped the implementation of Johan Peter Frank’s ideas of medical police in Russia.