377-0503-00L  Life Cycles and System Diseases

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersO. Distler, B. Latal Hajnal, M. Ristow, C. Berger, S. Blumhardt, J. Goldhahn, R. W. Kressig, M. Martin, A. Möller, E. R. Valsangiacomo Büchel, M. Wolff
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Human Medicine BSc

AbstractThis module focuses on special aspects of health and illness in the early and late life phases as well as diseases of whole organ systems. It includes special features of the pediatric, geriatric and rheumatological anamnesis.
ObjectiveEarly Life Cycle:
• Knowledge of the pediatric aspects of the medical history.
• Knowledge about the enormous variety of child development (inter- and intra-individual variability).
• Milestone concept: Assessment of the stage of development of a child in the first years of life.
• Landmark concept: first knowledge of the demilitation on normality versus disorder.
• Getting to know frequent developmental pediatric disorders.
• Knowledge of the most common congenital heart defects.
• Getting to know and recognize respiratory diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tract.

Late Life Cycle:
Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to
• correctly describe the biological bases of the aging process.
• derive physical and pharmacological choices to modulate the aging process.
• understand the social and psychological implication of aging.
• describe the specificities of geriatric medicine in the stationary setting.
• identify the age-specific differences in both diagnostics and therapeutics
ContentEarly Life Cycle

It describes the peculiarities of the pediatric anamnesis as well as selected topics of the healthy and sick child. The focus is on the newborn, development in the first years of life and adolescence. Infections, congenital heart and the most common respiratory diseases are described throughout the different age stages.

Late Life Cycle

Fundamentals and relevance of the aging process, as well as its biochemical, physiological and evolutionary basis. Insights into its individual as well as economic impact, including interventional and pharmacological treatment options.


Overview Rheumatology, Rheumatoid Arthritis, M. Still, Spondyloarthritis, SAPHO Syndrome, Infectious and Crystal Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, CRPS, Soft Tissue Diseases, Myopathies, Bone Diseases, Vasculitis, Collagenosis, Drug Therapy in Rheumatology, Ergonomics, Occupational Reintegration.