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Johann Andreas Eisenbart Review

Much is made of the fact that the quack doctor to end all quacks died in Hannoversch-Münden. Dr. Johann Andreas Eisenbart (1663–1727) would be forgotten today if a ribald 19th-century drinking song ("Ich bin der Doktor Eisenbart, widda, widda, wit, boom! boom!") hadn't had him shooting out aching teeth with a pistol, anesthetizing with a sledgehammer, and removing boulders from the kidneys. He was, as the song has it, a man who could make "the blind walk and the lame see." This is terribly exaggerated, of course, but the town takes advantage of it.

The good Dr. Eisenbart has "office hours" in the town hall at 1:30 on Saturday from May through December; and a glockenspiel on the town hall depicts Eisenbart's feats, to the tune of the Eisenbart song, daily throughout the year at noon, 3 pm, and 5 pm. There's a statue of the doctor in front of his home at Langestrasse 79, and his grave is outside the St. Ägidien Church.

Updated: 11-15-2013

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