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Professor Bernhardi (1912) – a play written by Viennese dramatist Arthurt Schnitzler, about practicing medicine, personal beliefs and truth.


Place where the object is located
Available on The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

https://archive.org/stream/cu31924026341630?ref=ol#page/n9/mode/2up
Story of the object
“Professor Bernhardi, completed in 1912, confounded expectations. The play has no love interest, one female character (in a minor role) and only one moment of dramatic action. At the end of Act I, the title figure, a Jewish doctor, denies a Catholic priest access to a patient who is dying of sepsis following a botched abortion; the following four acts explore the political and institutional fallout of that action. The play not only explores what it means to be an Austrian and a Jew but also asks whether medicine can be the basis of a rational, humanist world-view within which biography is irrelevant, and answers by depicting an institution torn apart by racial and religious difference, by anti-Semitism, careerism and political intrigue.” (Judith Beniston)
Label
Author: Arthur Schnitzler
Title: Professor Bernhardi
Genre: comedy play, in 4 acts, 9 characters
Published: 1912
Banned until 1918
The play was reimagined as The Doctor by Robert Icke and performed at London's Almeida Theatre and the Adelaide Festival in 2020