Monday, April 22, 2024

This exhibition follows the footsteps of the Viennese doctor Stefan Jellinek, who was devoted to the “dark sides” of electrical engineering – he founded electropathology as an independent subject.

Typical electrical accidents from the early 20th century are presented through four selected examples, showing how comprehensively the Viennese doctor Stefan Jellinek documented such cases. He carried out pioneering work on accident prevention. Some graphics from Jellinek’s publication “Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern” (Electrical Protection in 132 Images) show a very wide variety of hazardous situations when dealing with electricity. (source)

Lightning and lightning accidents are given their own area, as are high- and low-voltage accidents from early times. Protective gear still used today is also shown.


Electropathology – The collection of Stefan Jellinek
The foundation of “electropathology” as a research area of its own is closely associated with Stefan Jellinek (1878-1968), who, in his role as a coroner, started to document from 1898 all of the electrical accidents that became known to him.

The Electropathological Museum was founded by Dr. Stefan Jellinek around the turn of the last century. By the end of 2002, visitors were able to find out about the risks in dealing with electricity. In 2005, this unique collection, comprising around 2,000 exhibits, was passed to the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) by the Austrian General Accident Prevention Institute.

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