Those interested in the history of education and medicine need to see the building of Bursa (Burse). This preparatory school was established in the late XV century under the humanities department of the university, where 14-16-year-old prospective students were preparing to enter the university. The list of subjects in Burse included grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music. Upon completion of training the graduates were conferred a degree of Master of Arts, that enabled them to start learning more complex disciplines: medicine, law and theology.
Many famous people taught in Bursa: the philosopher and humanist Johann Reuchlin (he is considered the first German Hebraist - not a Jew, who mastered the Jewish language), his nephew, a Lutheran reformer Philipp Melanchthon, the astronomer, mathematician and Orientalist Wilhelm Schickard - the inventor of the first mechanical calculating machine (1623), the philosopher Ernst Bloch. The first German university clinic for 12 beds was organized in 1803-1805 in the building of Bursa. Mentally sick poet Hölderlin was placed here on September 15, 1806, where he spent 231 days. Nowadays, the building of Bursa houses the philosophical Seminary and the Institute for History of Arts at the University.
The building itself appeals as an impressive piece of a half-timbered architecture. Visiting Bursa is part of a thematic tour «Von Quacksalbern, Badern und Wundärzten» about the history of medicine in Tübingen. You can enroll on the tour at the local office for Tourism.