History of Dr. Georg Michael Praetorius

Dr. Praetorius

His friends and patients know him as Michael Praetorius, a philanthropist, painter, hunter and fisherman.

Georg Michael Praetorius describes himself as an "old-fashioned physician" - so convincing or old-fashioned because he has "the highest priority the commandment for the benefit of the patient". And so he also feels his calling as a doctor. He is also an ardent advocate of "Bedside Medicine". He often says that in his life he was very lucky to have had a very good teacher and an example in his father Michael Praetorius Senior. Of course, he himself tried to be a teacher and a corresponding model for his son Manuel Praetorius

The Praetorius family
The Praetorius family has been playing its name since 1573. Especially in medicine, she has been able to look back with great pride on great merits. Jacob Wilhelm Praetorius (1705-1778) served as a doctor in the 18th century as a regimental fighter in Prenzlau in the Uckermark. Professor. Franz Praetorius (1847 - 1927) worked as a lecturer in Oriental Studies and Semitic Philology at the universities in Berlin and Breslau. His son, Dr. Georg Praetorius (1878-1944), was a co-founder of the German-Austrian Society of Urology in 1906. Already in 1913 he founded and directed Germany's first urological department at the "Siloah Clinic in Linden" in Hanover. Dr. Michael Praetorius (1915-1997) father of the founder of the foundation, also earned great merit in this field as a urologist in renowned clinics in Munich.

The name of our foundation, Dr. Georg Michael Praetorius, was used at an early stage by the operative therapy of prostate cancer. Among other things, he created his own techniques in the areas of replacement bladder formation, reconstructive genital surgery, urinary diversion and incontinence surgery, which gave him great international recognition.
Now, in the fourth generation, Dr. Manuel Wolfgang Praetorius (* 1971) - today also a renowned urologist in Munich and Starnberg - stepped into the footsteps of his father. He is very much appreciated as a serious physician and creative urologist.

The Praetorius family, however, is traditionally also a part of the fine arts:
Historian Martin Martersteig (1814-1899) was awarded for his works even by Germany's greatest poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Max Martersteig (1835-1926) was engaged as a theater scientist and theater director at the large houses in Germany and the United States. The pictures and lithographs by Wolfgang Wagner (1884-1931), painters of the Munich school, today are home to the German Historical Museum in Berlin. Prof. h.c. Dr. Ernst Praetorius (1880-1946) worked as a general music director in Berlin, Weimar and Ankara. He had to emigrate to Turkey because of his Jewish wife Dr. Käthe Praetorius (pediatrician) in the Third Reich. There he established the Turkish state opera and the Turkish state orchestra and after his death he received a state funeral with all the corresponding honors and ceremonies.
The work of the Praetorius family grew in business and industry from the German upper middle class. Tabakfabrik Kommerzienrat Georg Christian Bernhard Praetorius (1785-1871) left his traces in the history of commerce in Hamburg, as did Joachim Baptist Pensberger (1847-1927), who worked as a major entrepreneur in Munich.

To date, we are also benefiting from the legal implications of Georg Martersteig (1864-1943), who was a member of the judiciary in German legislation and the still valid German hunting law.

Since 2012 the name of our foundation Dr. Georg Michael Praetorius is in his well-earned retirement. His favorite activities are again the drawing block and the colors, but also the hunting and fishing.
And then there is Philipp Georg Praetorius, his grandchild. Will that be the 5th generation urologist? Who knows ...