Prof. Dr. Etelka Földi | The History of the Földi Clinic
The Földi Clinic was founded as a specialist clinic for lymphology in April 1979 in Feldberg-Altglashütten. The original house “Sommerberg” was a spa-hotel with 60 beds which had previously belonged to a bank, and was rented by the married couple Professor Michael Földi and Professor Etelka Földi. After the necessary renovations, the clinic was registered for patient care according to §30 GWO and was registered as a specialist hospital by the health insurance companies according to §184 RVO. After a short period of time, the waiting list for treatment at the hospital had risen to over one year. Therefore, a hotel situated close-by with 22 beds (Haus Brunk) was rented in order to increase the clinic's capacity.
The medical personnel at that time consisted of 4 doctors, 8 nurses and 14 therapists. These were the years of improvisation, and there was a mood of attaining new horizons: the patients were delighted to find new possibilites for treating their lymphedema in a specialist clinic. At the same time the treating physicians and therapists gained increasing experience in Lymphology and were able to optimize individual diagnostic and treatment strategies. It was at this time that the interdisciplinary principle for lymphological patient care was established. Patients with secondary lymphedema after cancer treatment were treated in cooperation with the oncological centres of the University Clinic in Freiburg. Lymphscintigraphy and further imaging diagnostic examinations were performed at the local hospital in Emmendingen.
Prof. E. Földi received CHI authorization for lymphological consultation in 1979, so that out-patient lymphedema treatment could be performed in addition to in-patient treatment. Complex Physical Decongestive Therapy (CDT) was established at the clinic based on manual lymph drainage and furthered with additional therapies. Complex Physical Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is now recognized as the basis for conservative lymphedema treatment, embedded in an internistic integral concept. The therapeutic results were convincing. History Földiklinik
Prof. Dr. Horst Weissleder
A distinguished professor of radiology (retired) and physician from the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany. Professor Weissleder is also a world-renowned lymphologist. He has published and presented more than 350 articles and papers worldwide and is the co-editor/co-author of the textbook, Lymphedema Diagnosis and Therapy, a highly respected standard reference work on diseases of the lymph-vascular system. In addition he is contributor to many other publications.
Professor Weissleder is the past editor of the journal, “Lymphologie in Praxis und Forschung” (Lymphology in Practice and Research). He has served on the executive of organisations such as the International Society of Lymphology (general secretary), the German Speaking Society of Lymphology (president) and the German Society of Lymphology (president and currently honorary president).
His calm and patient teaching style, along with a good sense of humor have encouraged many Dr. Vodder therapists to gain an expert understanding of lymphatic anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pathology. In addition he is a passionate and dedicated physician.
Horst Weissleder, MD
Professor of Radiology (retired)
Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany
Honorary President German Society of Lymphology
Prof. Hildegard Wittlinger
Hildegard Wittlinger was born in Stuttgart/Germany. After attending college and high school for 12 years she studied languages (Spanish and English). When meeting Günther Wittlinger (her later husband) she turned her interest to his profession .
1966 the family – the couple and two sons 5 and 6 years old -moved to Austria. The same year they had the first contact with Dr.Emil Vodder and his Manual Lymph Drainage. This contact changed the family’s life, and till nowadays Hildegard follows what Vodder had told them at that time: ‘The greatest goal of our lives must be to find our path, recognize it, and follow it consistently.’
1966 they opened a Lymphedema Clinic and 1971 the Dr.Vodder Schule in Walchsee/Austria. Hildegard Wittlinger became a licensed massage therapist (1972). 1973 she became a teacher for MLD/CDT and was authorized by Dr.Vodder personally to treat patients, teach his method, train prospective teachers in the Dr.Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage.
1981 Dr.Emil Vodder appointed both Wittlingers as his successors.
1986 Günther Wittlinger passed away. Hildegard took over the seminars given by Günther Wittlinger in Austria and Germany. In the following years she travelled to many countries in Europe as well and overseas, mainly USA and Canada teaching Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage to professionals. Due to her intensive training the Vodder School gained a world renowned reputation. Some of her students showed interest in the Vodder method and were trained to become teachers. There are 50 teachers now all over the world teaching the original Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage representing the Austrian Dr.Vodder Academy.