Journal of Regional Section of Serbian Medical Association in Zajecar

Year 2011     Vol 36     No 4
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      UDK 616.912(497.11)"1914/1918"

 ISSN 0350-2899, 36(2011) br.4 p.227-229

Historiy of medicine and health culture

Variola major during the "Great War" in Serbia
(Велике богиње у Великом рату у Србији (1914-1918))

Брана Димитријевић
Српско лекарско друштво, Секција за историју медицине


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One of unrecognized (not acknowledged) successes of the Serbian Military Medical Corps during the Great War (1914–1918) was containment of epidemics of variola major which appeared in Serbia in the fall of 1914. Up to this time, the exact number of those who were infected or those who died from this illness was not known, but in comparison with other contagious diseases, the number was quite negligible. This success was due to the fact that before the beginning of the war almost all the population of Serbia was inoculated, and besides that all preventive measures were already known (isolation of patients, vaccination and re-vaccination). Finally, the Pasteur’s Institute in Niš, which had already been established, was producing the vaccine (the so-called "maja") so that in these difficult times Serbia did not depend on imports. This was an attempt to reconstruct the above mentioned events in spite of the very limited available material to support it.
Key words: variola major, First World War, Serbia

Napomena: kompletan tekst rada na srpskom jeziku
Note: full text in Serbian

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Paper received: 16. 11. 2011
Paper accepted: 16. 01. 2012
Paper Internet issues: 20. 02. 2012
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