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Professor in Medical Balneology and Physical Medicine
Honoury President of S.I.M.H.


  • Helmut Georg Pratzel, Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Dipl.-Chem.
  • Akad. Director a.D. Holder of the Order On Ribbon of the Federational Republic of Germany
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  • Born in Berlin/Germany, January 27th, 1935 Study of Chemistry Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald/Germany, 1954 to 1960

Orders Golden Kneipp-Medaille, 1976

Golden ?Prix du Thermalism", 1993

"Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande" 2003
Highest decoration awarded for honourary service of the Federational Republic of Germany (like OBE)

Graduated Diplom-Chemiker Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald/Germany, 1961

Scientific assistant at the Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, 1961 to 1983

Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, Clinical Chemistry, Radiochemistry at the Public School of Radiology of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich/Germany 1974 - 1995

Graduated Dr. rer. nat. in Biochemistry at the Technical University of Munich, 1969 Study of Medicine Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, 1970 to 1976

Graduated Dr. med. habil. Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, 1985

Graduated University lecturer in Physical Medicine, Balneology and Climatology since 1985

Appointed and commissioned, Professor in Physical Medicine, Balneology and Climatology of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, 1991

Appointed Akademic Director at the Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology of the University of Munich, 1983 ? 2000

Commissioned Member of the Drug Committee of the National Office of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany for Pharmacology, 1984 to 1993 

Elected President of the International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology (I.S.M.H.), 1991 ? 2003

Founder and Chairman "German Section of the International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology e.V.", the German Society of Health Resort Medicine and SPA Treatment, 1992-1998

Congress President 32nd World Congress of the International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology, 24 April to 1 May 1994 in Bad Wörishofen and Bad Nenndorf/Germany

1. Internationales Symposium ?Schwefel in der Medizin" in Bad Nenndorf 1990

1. Internationales Symposium ?Radon in der Kurortmedizin" in Lacco Ameno d?Ischia/Italien 1994

2. Internationales Symposium ?Schwefel in der Kurortmedizin" in Bad Nenndorf 1994

Honory President 33rd World Congress of the ISMH in Karlovy Vary/Czech Republic1998

ISMH Congress Edipsos/Greece 2000

34th World Congress of the ISMH in Budapest/Hungary 2002

Member in Societies "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Physikalische Medizin und Rehabilitation e. V."

"Deutscher Baederverband e.V./Abt. C"

Honory Member Sociedad Espanola de Hidrologia Medica

Societas Medicinae Balneologicae Polona

Member of Scientific Councils in many German and international Societies

Autor of books "Iontophorese" Springer-Verlag 1987

"Schwefel in der Medizin" Demeter-Verlag 1991

"Handbuch der Medizinischen Baeder" Haug-Verlag 1992

?Health Resort Medicine" I.S.M.H. Verlag 1995

?Medizinische Baeder" I.S.M.H. Verlag 1996

Co-autor of books ?Physiologische Grundlagen der Hydrotherapie und Bäderheilkunde" In: W. Brueggemann (Hrsg) Kneipp-Therapie Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986?

Strahlenwirkung - Strahlenrisiko Hugendubel Munich 1988?

Principi Fisici e Fisiologici dell'elettroterapia" In: Drexel H, Becker-Casademont R, Seichert N (Hrsg) Elettro-Fototerapie, Editore Marrapese Roma 1989

?Phototherapie" In: K.L. Schmidt, H Drexel, KA Jochheim (Hrsg) Lehrbuch der Physikalischen Medizin und Rehabilitation, Gustav Fischer Verlag, 1994

?Schwefelbaeder", ?Solebaeder In: M. Bühring, F. H. Kemper (Hrsg) Naturheilverfahren, Springer-Verlag 1992

Owner and publisher I.S.M.H. Verlag (Founded 1994)
Verlag fuer wissenschaftliche Schriften

Member of Company ITAS Ltd. Greece (founded 2001)

Publisher, autor and editor ?Physikalische Medizin, Balneologie, Klimatologie" I.S.M.H. Verlag 1995?

Sanatorien ? Qualität und Ökonomie" (Russian) I.S.M.H. Verlag 1998

Publisher Beer, Goecke: ?Kneipp-Therapie" I.S.M.H. Verlag 1997

Beer, Lukanov, Karl: ?Kompendium Klassische Naturheilverfahren" I.S.M.H. Verlag 1998

Fricke: ?Zukunft der Rehabilitation in Deutschland" I.S.M.H. Verlag 1999

Fricke: ?Rheumafunktionstraining" I.S.M.H. Verlag 2001

Karaguelle et al.: ?Balneologie und Medizinische Klimatologie in der Rheumatologie" I.S.M.H. Verlag 2003

Conny Mueller: ?Segeln vor der Wende" I.S.M.H. Verlag 2003

Educational work Medical Balneology and Climatology

Healths Resort Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine, Complementary Medicine


Medical Baths


Physiology of percutaneous absorption


Quality management in Health Resorts

Scientific work is written in more than 200 publications

Basic research about medical effects in balneology, climatology and physical medicine

Biochemistry of the skin

Pharmacology of percutaneous transport

Clinical trials of topically applied drugs

Clinical trials in Balneology and Physical Medicine

Medical effects of radon and sulphur baths

Decontamination of skin


Immunological skin responses

Functional adaptation

Clinical evaluation of medical treatments by sulfure and radon by controlled trials.


Project leader BMU-Projekt ?Bestimmung der Strahlenbelastung des Menschen nach Hautkontakt mit Radionukliden" 1986 - 1991

EU-Project ?Management and Economics Training for Personnel of Russian Sanatoria" 1998 with seminars in Germany and Russia

Other works Certification and pass expert judment on healths resorts and mineral waters for medical use

Plannning of health care projects international

Economic help of developement in health care system in Russia

Hobbies Sailing


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