Thieme Story

Thieme is an award-winning international medical and science publisher serving health professionals and students for more than 125 years. Thieme promotes the latest advancements in clinical practice, publishes the latest research findings, advocates medical education and is known for the high quality and didactic nature of its books, journals, and electronic products.

With more than 900 employees worldwide, Thieme maintains offices in seven cities and distributors in most regions around the world.  Since February 2015 Human Kinetics Australia have been distributing for Thieme publishers in the Australian region.  Thieme resources are warehoused in their South Australian office which manages dispatch, marketing and sales throughout the region. The Thieme medical range is well aligned with Human Kinetics’ sport medicine and sport science recourse, providing opportunities for the two companies to support education.

In addition to publishing 70 new book titles every year, Thieme publishes more than 140 medical and scientific journals both in traditional print and electronic format, a number of which are printed on behalf of professional societies, as well as dozens of online products.

Thieme offers a wide range of health-science books focusing on neurosurgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, radiology, complementary and alternative medicine, audiology and speech and language pathology.

The Thieme Medical Publishing Group is one of the few publishing firms that remains a family owned and run business. With the same dedication that Georg Thieme had over a century ago, Thieme still stands apart from its competitors by emphasising high standards of quality in content and presentation in all of its products.

Historical Timeline

1886: Georg Thieme founds publishing house of the same name in Leipzig, Germany

1887: Acquisition of weekly medical trade journal Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift – DMW

1911: Publication of the two-volume collected edition ‘The Methods of Organic Chemistry’. Later, the 130 part set became known as the Houben-Weyl series and published its 5th edition in 2000 as ‘Science of Synthesis’ and is now an online database

1919: Publisher Georg Thieme looks for a business partner and finds him in the young Bruno Hauff, who joins the company as associate on September 1st of the same year

1925: Georg Thieme dies at the age of 65, ownership of the company passes to Bruno Hauff.

1944: The publishing house is bombed and is forced to close completely

1946: The Allies offer to move the company from Leipzig, the eastern sector, to the western sector. The company moves to Stuttgart and is provided a license to publish and distribute journals, brochures and books.

1953: Dr. Guenther Hauff becomes the company’s owner and CEO

1963: Bruno Hauff dies

1964: With Professor Wilhelm Nultsch’s work “Allgemeine Botanik,” Thieme publishes its first pocket-sized soft cover book, referred to as the “Flexibook series,” setting not only a new standard for quality but also for low price.

1979: Thieme expands its international business by acquiring Stratton Intercontinental Medical Book Corporation of New York, which becomes Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc of New York in 1984.

1989: Dr. Albrecht Hauff, son of Guenther and grandson of Bruno, becomes CEO of the Thieme Publishing Group

1992: Dr. Wolfgang Knueppe joins the group as managing director

1997: Launch of, first medical publisher with secure online product purchasing

1998: Agreement with AO Publishing – Arbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Osteosynthesefragen

1999: Thieme’s classic brain atlases are digitised and incorporated in the operative planning software of neurosurgical workstations

1999: Launch of, Thieme’s Online Journals provide access to Thieme’s complete journal program.

2000: Launch of Science and Synthesis

2001: Dr. Guenther Hauff dies at the age of 73

2002: Launch of MVS Medizinverlage Stuttgart (Haug, Hippokrates, Sonntag, Enke, Parey, TRIAS)

2002: Agreement with the AANS

2003: Agreement with the American Botanical Council

2005: The first book publishes in the THIEME Atlas of Anatomy series. The atlases are setting new standards in artistic quality and pedagogy in medical education.

2008: Using images from the popular Atlas of Anatomy, Thieme launches an online interactive study aid called, where students can study Anatomy free of cost.

2008: Launch of Thieme Teaching Assistant Anatomy, an online platform where professors can incorporate images from the Atlas of Anatomy into their lectures.

2010: Thieme launches RadCases, an online database of must-know cases

2011: Thieme celebrates its 125 year jubilee

2011: Thieme launches Thieme Dissector, an extraordinary online tool for customising dissection guides

2012: Thieme launches Thieme eNeurosurgery

2013: Thieme expands their clinical platforms to include Thieme eOtolaryngology and Thieme eSpine

2013: Thieme Open, the online gateway for open access content from the Thieme Publishing Group, goes live

2014: Thieme and AAO-HNSF form publishing partnership

2014: Gilroy’s Atlas of Anatomy selected by SOMA as its main premium for members

2015: Human Kinetics Australia commenced distributing for Thieme

2018: Booktopia Publisher Services commenced distributing for Thieme