PATRONAGE for SUENJHAID!
Roger Guillemin (USA) and Carl Schirren (Midlum – Island of Foehr / North Frisia) are representing the honorable patronage for SÜNJHAID! as Orientationpersonalities for todays and upcoming generations of Health Captains.
Dr. Roger Guillemin, MD, PhD – Nobel Prize Laureate in Medicine, Founder of Neuroendocrinology & the Founder of SUENJHAID! Dr. Henri Michael von Blanquet, MD, MaHM @ Salk Institute for Biolologcal Studies – USA
Professor Dr. med. Carl Schirren, Founder of Andrology
Professor Dr. med. Carl Schirren, Patron of Sünjhaid! since 2002, was awarded with the Paracelsus Medal of the Federal Chamber of Applied Sciences & Medicine in 2006. The laudation from the Deutsches Aerzteblatt is given here again to show the Health Captain Carl Schirren as an potential role model for young health sciences professionals:
With Carl Schirren, the German Medical Doctors honor a medical leader for his more than 40 years of active career. Schirren has worked as a scientist, academic teacher and pioneer of andrology in Germany to provide medical care to patients, to science, to research and to the younger generation, as well as through he is committed to academic committees, professional associations, professional societies and as an example for self-administration, health care and community welfare in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Carl Schirren was born on 24 June 1922 as the oldest son of the specialist for dermatology, Dr. med. Carl Georg Schirren, and his wife Annelise, born Reuter, in Kiel. For many, the address – Schlossgarten 13 – in Kiel is inseparably linked to the name of the Schirren family, whose dermatological tradition was founded three decades ago by the great-grandfather of Carl Schirren, Carl Schirren senior, 1889 at the Surgical University Clinic in Kiel.
After four primary school years, Carl Schirren attended the „Kieler Gelehrtenschule“ from 1932 to 1940 and at the age of 18 years he was taken by the german army. From 1940 to 1945, Carl Schirren was in the war; he was wounded five times, sometimes heavily, at fronts. Finally, he was Lieutenant of the Reserve in a reconnaissance department and chief of a squadron.
Already during the Second World War he was enrolled for one semester at the University of Kiel. After the war, he resumed his medical studies at the University of Kiel; here in May 1951 he handed over the state medical examination. He was promoted to Dr. med. (by Prof. Dr. med. Felix von Mikulicz-Radecki) with a dissertation on “The opening of the cervical canal at the end of pregnancy” (also May 1951).
In the practice of Dr. med. Hans Poth in Burg / Dithmarschen, the first stage of his further education was followed by a “Landvierteljahr” at the Second Medical Clinic of the University Clinic of Eppendorf, Hamburg, under Prof. Dr. Arthur Jores at the dermatological clinic of the Eppendorf University Hospital, headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dr. Joseph Kimmig. In 1957 Carl Schirren graduated with the recognition as a specialist for skin and sex diseases in Hamburg.
Already during the first stages of his medical career and at the beginning of his advanced training, Carl Schirren was able to gain experience in practical and general medical practice during the years 1952 to 1956 in the practice of physician Dr. Poth and in dermatological specialist practice. After completing his education, he completed a one-week study stay in Great Britain in the spring of 1958. There, he became acquainted with methods of investigation in cases of infertility, and studied more recent surgical procedures, which he later introduced at the Eppendorf University Hospital in Hamburg.
After nearly ten years of scientific and clinical activity, Carl Schirren became a professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Hamburg in 1960 with a habilitation thesis on the subject of “Experimental and Clinical Investigations for the Diagnosis of Fertility Disorders of the Man and its Therapy with Hormones” in the field of skin and sex diseases as a private lecturer. At the request of Schirrens, the Venia Legendi was later extended to “Dermatology, Venerology and Andrology“.
Already during his medical studies the interest of Carl Schirrens for questions of reproductive medicine was aroused by the fact that he famulated with a practiced gynecologist in Kiel and later also he assisted in gynecological surgery. In order to deepen his knowledge of his area of interest and to continue his gynecological studies, he also came to the doctorate of the St. Franziskus-Hospital in Flensburg for Prof. Dr. med. Felix von Mikulicz-Radecki, who was interested in practical obstetrics and s a result of the appointment of Felix von Mikulicz-Radecki to Berlin, and of his severe injury to his left hand, Carl Schirren changed from gynecology to dermatology.
With the appointment of Prof. Dr. med. Dr. Joseph Kimmig to a chair for dermatology at the University of Hamburg on April 1, 1951, Carl Schirren applied as an assistant physician to the newly appointed “boss”. The encounter with Kimmig and his promotion were decisive in order to interest Carl Schirren even more in questions of reproductive medicine. Schirren put his knowledge and experience into practice by establishing and building an andrological laboratory. This has resulted in an intensive collaboration with the University Clinic in Hamburg, which has proven itself over decades.
From 1960 to 1971, Schirren was a senior physician at the university clinic in Hamburg, where he was responsible for 60 beds. In addition to this management, Carl Schirren has also worked for several years in the Allergy Department, the Mycology Laboratory and the University Outpatient Clinic.
On 12 September 1966, Carl Schirren was appointed extraordinary professor by the University of Hamburg. On January 21, 1971, he was appointed head of the department and professor of the University of Hamburg. A highlight of his academic career and his scientific work was the founding of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the University Hospital Hamburg on 1 March 1983, whose first director was Carl Schirren. Four years later, Prof. Dr. med. Gerhard Bettendorf, then Director of the Women’s Clinic of the University of Hamburg, followed him in the direction of the Center. Together with Bettendorf, Carl Schirren pushed ahead with the development of the center, and through his good contacts with the citizens he also made financial contributions as a starting aid. As Managing Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine, Carl Schirren sought a merging of the departments of the Department of Obstetrics and the Center for Reproductive Medicine under the umbrella of the University Women’s Clinic. Schirren thought it was necessary, especially for organizational and scientific reasons, to be a matter of a Sisyphus work, which ultimately failed because of the resistance of the university’s academic committees and the endeavor to maintain the clinic as an independent clinic.
Within the scope of his scientific and practical activities, Carl Schirren has always placed great emphasis on a broad base of his specialty. He therefore paid particular attention to cooperation and interdisciplinarity, where he co-operated where the interests of his subject combined with dermatology and venereology. This applies in particular to the relations of andrology to internal medicine and to endocrinology, the joint treatment and research of rare diseases and venereological questions. This work resulted in Carl Schirren’s main lecture on “Hauterscheinheiten im interne Krankheit” and the series of lectures “Sexualpädagogik”, also open to students of other faculties.
In the course of his scientific career, Carl Schirren increasingly turned to his real specialty, the Andrology. For this relatively young branch of science, he developed initiatives within the framework of dermatological deregulation, which focused on the setting up of an andrological ambulance in Hamburg, from which the Department of Andrology, within the framework of the University Clinic, was responsible. Thanks to his tireless efforts and his good connections with other colleagues, Carl Schirren succeeded in establishing an andrological working group within dermatology in Germany, which later formed the section “Andrology” of the German Society for the Study of Fertility and Sterility. Thus it was possible to represent andrological concerns and scientific aspects with those of gynecology in the specialist company. Thanks to his persevering commitment and perseverance, Carl Schirren succeeded in organizing and carrying out special andrological symposia during the anniversary of the German Dermatological Society, some of which were directed by himself or in whose direction he was involved.
The great commitment and the exemplary commitment to his specialty led to the fact that andrology was increasingly anchored in the field of dermatology. In the meantime, andrological labor units and departments had formed at other universities. At the suggestion of Carl Schirrens, the German Society for the Study of Fertility and Sterility was founded in 1967, which elected him Vice President and in 1970 President. He held this office until 1975, and from 1975 to 1979 he was vice-president. Through his work in his specialist, Carl Schirren succeeded in finding an audience in the international arena. He was the initiator and mentor of the establishment of foreign companies, who repeatedly invited him to study tours, guest lectures and a fee professor (in Japan). His activities included, among others, the Honorary Membership of the Hungarian Urological Society, the Polish Dermatological Society, the Turkish Dermatological Society, the German Society for the Study of Fertility and Sterility, and the Professional Association of the German Urologists. At the same time, he was honored with the honorary presidency of the German Society of Andrology.
The scientific commitment and good connections to publishers led to the founding of the magazine “andrologia” in 1969, whose exclusive publisher Carl Schirren was until 1973. From 1974 onwards, this journal was declared an international agreement to the organ of the International Committee for Andrology, whose vice president, Carl Schirren, was until 1974. Carl Schirren was elected editor of the magazine. In 1978, he was appointed head of the editorial board of this specialist journal. Carl Schirren successfully continued this extremely effective but also energy-consuming work for 25 years until 1990.
Carl Schirren was always striving to unite his interdisciplinary interests and scientific fields with his interest and work. His work focused on the relationship between skin diseases and endocrine disorders, metabolic disorders and their effects on the skin, andrology, mycology, venerology and finally his hobby, but also his academic interest: the history of medicine.
In addition to his close medical activities, his teaching and research activities, and as a pioneer of andrology, he was also active in specialist societies and in medical professional policy. He deliberately did this because he was convinced that andrology could only be sustained through the combination of science and practice. His special commitment was therefore to organize and lead advanced training seminars for specialists, for example on behalf of and in the name of the professional association of the German Urologists, for which he conducted numerous andrological training courses. These activities led to the fact that doctors’ knowledge was growing and multiplying, and the urologists were increasingly turning to the practical concerns of andrology.
In 1967, he became a corresponding member, and in 1972 he was appointed a full member of the Medical Committee of the German Medical Association, a specialist committee of the Federal Chamber of Physicians (until 1978).
Carl Schirren has been repeatedly honored by national and international bodies, through professional associations and by the Federal President. Thus the Pan-American Congress for Andrology distinguished him in March 1978 by founding a “Carl Schirren Lecture for Andrology”. The award is awarded every two years to a representative of science. As early as 1961 he received the Martini Prize awarded by the Paul Martini Foundation for his scientific monograph “Fertility disorders of the man”. On the occasion of his 75th birthday, he received the Friedrich Schiller Medal at the University of Jena.
In recognition of his many years of voluntary work in setting up and working in his parents ‘work in Schleswig – Holstein and for his activities as a long – standing chairman of the parents’ council and of the Landeschul advisory council and for his commitment to education in the work of evangelical family education, Carl Schirren was awarded the title of ” Ties of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Even after his retirement in September 1987, Carl Schirren remained active, especially in the field of advanced training for internists, dermatologists and andrologists. He has also been involved in the organization and implementation of advanced training seminars in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (1996 to 1998).
About 800 publications and book contributions (such as his book “Practical Andrology” in the fourth edition) have been published, and numerous articles in German and foreign journals and the co-publisher of the trade journals “Advances in Andrology” “Progress of Fertility Research”, “Great Scripta” and “Folia Dermatologica”.
Carl Schirren has also been involved in international cooperation. He is a founding member of the Niels-Stensen-Symposium, a group of Danish and North-German dermatologists, with the aim of cross-border scientific cooperation, a link that meets twice a year in Denmark or Germany.
Carl Schirren has distinguished himself by his exemplary attitude as a doctor, as a scientist, as an academic teacher, as a pioneer of andrology in Germany, as a member of scientific committees, from professional associations, professional associations and as a scientific consultant and expert, The health care system, the medical self-administration and the public welfare in the Federal Republic of Germany in an outstanding way.