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Karl König Archive Series 3

Ita Wegman and Karl König

Letters and Documents

Peter Selg
Contributions by Karl König
Translated by Regina Erich
Series edited by Richard Steel
November 2008
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    20th November 2008
  • ISBN 9780863156618
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.

Ita Wegman, born in 1876 to a Dutch family living in Indonesia, first met Rudolf Steiner in Berlin in 1902, when she was twenty-six years old. She studied medicine at the University of Zurich and, in 1917, following Steiner’s indications, developed a treatment for cancer using a preparation of mistletoe. In 1921, in Arlesheim, Switzerland, she founded the first anthroposophic medical clinic, followed in 1922 by the Sonnenhof home for children with special needs.

Karl König first met Dr. Wegman around 1927, and she quickly recognized his great potential, as well as his weaknesses. She invited him to work at the Arlesheim clinic as her assistant, encouraging and advising him in his medical work.

Ita Wegman and Karl König includes their complete correspondence to each other, as well as König’s medical essays written during his time in Arlesheim.

“There is a good selection of correspondence between Wegman and König which, together with the meticulous footnotes, complement the essay by Selg perfectly...It is fascinating to read how König, Wegman and others continued in their efforts to set up organizations and methods, despite the chaotic unfolding of the world historic events that were breaking upon them in mighty waves.”

—Journal for Curative Education and Social Therapy, spring 2009

C O N T E N T S:


1. The Relationship between Karl König and Ita Wegman
2. The Correspondence between Ita Wegman and Karl König (2916–41)
3. Karl König: Memories of Ita Wegman

Appendix: Karl König’s Letter to Thomas Weihs

Peter Selg

Peter Selg studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin and, until 2000, worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke Hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland), professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany), and co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section at the Goetheanum. He is the author of numerous books on Rudolf Steiner, anthroposophy, medical ethics, and the development of culture and consciousness.