Amsterdam Medical tour

Highlights of Medical science in Amsterdam


Rembrandt, Anatomy by Dr Tulp, Mauritshuis, The Hague

Anatomy by Drs De Jager, showing a simplistic setup.

Textbook by Boerhaave, translated into Japanese

Gay life de-criminalised, The Schorer Foundation for Heath information regarding gay health, the first worldwide, at Wolvenstraat 17.

Boerhaave Museum, Leiden, dissecting a deer. We will discuss procedures.

Waag building at Nieuwmarkt housing the Theatrum Anatomicum.

Dr Herman Boerhaave, epoch making medical doctor in Leiden.

Sculptural skeleton setup by Frederik Ruysch.

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek looked at all things in his microscopes, including human sperm, result of an “involuntary nocturnal emission”.

Jacob Schorer, champion of gay health and information rights.

Washing one’s hands when leaving the anatomy theatre and entering the ObGyn rooms? 

Death around the corner. Black death in Amsterdam, 1655.

Hippocrates, the one of the Do-Only-Good-Oath, and Galenus, the one of Four Humores: Blood, Yellow Bile, Black Bile, Phlegm.

Plate for Medical textbooks, by Jan Wandelaar

Waag building at Nieuwmarkt, Theatrum Anatomicum. Again Hippocrates.

This Amsterdam Medical tour is a walk of about 2 hours celebrating the key moments of Medical history in Amsterdam and elsewhere in Holland. The tour first takes you for a short visit to the Amsterdam Museum where we will see some of the great anatomy paintings. Walking outside, we will see the University of Amsterdam ObGyn maternity ward, where too many mothers and babies died – because washing hands was seen by doctors as a superfluous act of cleanliness.

Andreas Vesalius, who rejected the Galenus approach and went for scientific discovery.

Then we wind our way to the Weighing Hall (Waag) at Nieuwmarkt, where dissections of hanged criminals took place, as seen and painted by Rembrandt. This painting is now in The Hague.  The other Rembrandt dissection scene is now in  the Hermitage, Amsterdam


Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.

Business card.

Tour by Drs Kees Kaldenbach, a professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry. Entry best at from 10AM.