Dr Anna’s House and Medical Surgery, Germany

Dr Anna’s was the medical surgery and home of a doctor and his wife. Abandoned for 15 years, the house is a time-capsule that still contains all their belongings and medical items.

Dr Annas House and Surgery
 

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History of Dr Anna’s House & Surgery

Dr Anna’s House is the home and medical surgery of a doctor who specialised in the field of urology. I have no idea why it’s called Dr Anna’s, as there was no reference to an Anna anywhere in the house, only Dr K who lived at the property with his wife, and his partner Dr C who worked at the surgery.

The lower two floors were the surgery, encompassing examination rooms and an operating room, waiting areas, store rooms, a library and all the other facilities common to a doctors surgery. The upper three floors were the living area, and it was clear the wealthy couple led an opulent life.

Dr K was born in 1910 and died at the age of 78 in October 1988. The property was still occupied after his death, most likely by his wife, however it is unclear as to whether the surgery was still in use after this time. There are indications the surgery was leased to another doctor, so maybe this was after Dr K’s death.

The building is the first on a long street lined with numerous clinics and surgeries. This one, now derelict, oozes with atmosphere and character. The array of medical equipment in the two consulting/operating rooms give a feeling of the macabre, further emphasised by the eight jars of human kidneys preserved in formaldehyde on display. A large library of books in both German and English, all around the subject of Urology show just how educated the doctor was.

Heading upstairs, we are greeted by a huge living room featuring a Steinway Grand Piano. All of the couples possessions still remain, the house is a real time capsule of their life and work. Many photos of the couple were around the house, evidence of travel to far away lands, unusual for people of the 1950s and 60s. Artwork and ornaments, and a stuffed fox adorn the house. The many animal skins and hunting paraphernalia hint at a favourite pastime of the doctor.

Our Visit
This was such an interesting place to visit. Although the house is now becoming derelict, the items inside give such an insight into the past. This was the second stop-off on our “Pests in Vests” tour, in the company of Proj3ct M4yh3m, Carl, Darbians, Stussy and Lowri. It was such a lovely day in this affluent town, so we enjoyed an ice cream before heading to the next location.

 

Dr Anna’s House – Upper Floors

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Grand piano in a grand room

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Grand piano in a grand room

Dr Annas House and Surgery - The grand piano

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – The grand piano

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Table with books and typewriter

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Table with books and typewriter

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Nice sofa and table

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Nice sofa and table

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Typewriter and books detail

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Typewriter and books detail

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Once a grand bedroom now falling into decay

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Once a grand bedroom now falling into decay

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Stuffed fox on the bed

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Stuffed fox on the bed

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Well stocked library

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Well stocked library

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Messy room

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Messy room

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Wardrobe in the bedroom

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Wardrobe in the bedroom

Dr Annas House and Surgery - The library

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – The library

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Twin sinks and items in the bathroom

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Twin sinks and items in the bathroom

Dr Anna’s Surgery – Lower Floors

Dr Annas House and Surgery - One of the surgery rooms

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – One of the surgery rooms

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Trolley and items

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Trolley and items

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Items on trolley next to bed

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Items on trolley next to bed

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Lots of items on trolley

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Lots of items on trolley

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Surgery bed and medical things

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Surgery bed and medical things

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Another view of surgery room

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Another view of surgery room

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Closer view of bed and jars

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Closer view of bed and jars

Dr Annas House and Surgery - View across examination bed

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – View across examination bed

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Medical items and typewriter

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Dr Annas House and Surgery - Test tubes and papers

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Test tubes and papers

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Urology surgery with examination chair

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Urology surgery with examination chair

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Urology exam room

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Urology exam room

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Examination chair

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Examination chair

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Surgery lights and chair

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Surgery lights and chair

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Viles and syringe detail

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Viles and syringe detail

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Jars of human kidneys preserved in formaldehyde

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Jars of human kidneys preserved in formaldehyde

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Jars of kidneys

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Jars of kidneys

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Cupboard of medical items

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Cupboard of medical items

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Sterilising machine

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Sterilising machine

Dr Annas House and Surgery - The waiting room

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – The waiting room

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Kidney detail

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Kidney detail

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Jars and test tubes

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Jars and test tubes

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Light shining through jars

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Dr Annas House and Surgery – Light shining through jars

Dr Annas House and Surgery - Waiting room detail

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