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MEDICINE / YUGOSLAVIA: Pet godina socijalno-medicinskoga rada u Kraljevini Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca. Five years of social-medical activities in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovens. Les premieres cinq annee d



A detailed, richly illustrated work on the development of the medical institutions and the decline of epidemics in the newly founded Kingdom of Yugoslavia was published by the Institute for Social Medicine.

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Oblong large 4°. [47] mostly black and with images with accompanying titles in three languages, printed on this paper, original tan wrappers, originally bound together with a colour string (edges slightly rubbed with tiny folds, wrappers slightly scuffed, string with minor tears, otherwise in a good condition).

A richly illustrated work in Croatian, English and French language presents the achievements of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia on the field of the medicine in the years between 1920-1925, especially on preventing the spreading of typhus, tuberculosis and malaria.

The photographs present the exteriors and interiors (medical rooms, lecture rooms, rooms for disinfection, production of vaccine, bathrooms, libraries, exhibition rooms etc.) of newly built hospitals, bacteriologic stations, institutes for tropical diseases, and hygiene and medical schools.

Several photographs present the achievement of improving the hygiene conditions in the countryside, especially reducing the malaria in the swamps and on the coastal areas. The last chapter represents an important role of educating people with the documentary movies on diseases and how to prevent them.

The reforms were made under the direction of Andrija Štampar (1888-1958) a Croatian medical doctor and a specialist for hygiene, schooled in Vienna, who became the first head of the Institute for Social Medicine by the Ministry of National Health. His reforms of social health care became unpopular among the commercial medical doctors and he was forced to retire in 1931, after which he became a member of the League of the Nations in China. 

In 1936, Štampar received an offer for the post of an expert at the Health Organization in Geneva and in the late 1930s he toured the US, where he held numberless lectures at the universities. During WWII Andrija Štampar was imprisoned by the Nazis. From 1947 until his death in 1958 he was the president of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Worldcat lists 9 examples in libraries: Museum of Modern History of Slovenia, University of  Ljubljana, Medical Faculty of Ljubljana, New York Public Library System, United Nations Geneva, New York Academy of Medicine, National Library of Medicine, Arizona State University Library, University of Chicago Library

References: OCLC 440185585, 14744365, 34918523, 822714928, 37930158.

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