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The Max Bröedel Collection

Max Bröedel
  • Creator: Bröedel, [Paul Heinrich] Max (1870 - 1941)

  • Collection Date: 30 April 1941

  • Extent: 2 items

Max Bröedel
by Thomas C. Corner
oil on canvas, 44.5 by 36.5 inches, 1938.


Max Bröedel was born in Leipzig, Germany, and attended the Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Leipzig. He came to Johns Hopkins in 1894 to illustrate Howard Kelly's book on operative gynecology. The book revolutionized the practice of gynecology and garnered international acclaim for Bröedel. His work led to the formation of the Art as Applied to Medicine program at Johns Hopkins in 1911, and he served as director of the program-turned-department from 1911 until his death in 1941. Bröedel also wrote articles such as A More Rational Method of Passing the Suture in Fixation of the Kidney, which describes the procedure that became known as the Bröedel suture.

Hopkins Affiliations

1894 - 1941 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Scope and Content

The Max Bröedel Collection contains a note by the artist as well as two prints of his drawing, "Society of Pithotomists." Bröedel correspondence can be found in the Howard Atwood Kelly and Thomas Stephen Cullen Collections. A more extensive collection of the works of Max Bröedel is located in the Johns Hopkins Art as Applied to Medicine Department.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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