Journal of Regional Section of Serbian Medical Association in Zajecar

Year 2012     Vol 37     No 4
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      UDK 614.2(497.11)(091)

ISSN 0352899, 37(2012) br.4 p.244-258

History of medicine

The Centre of Community Health in Zaječar - The Centre of Preventive Medicine of the Timok Area
Dom narodnog zdravlja u Zaječaru – Centar preventivne medicine Timočke oblasti

Petar Paunović (Rajac)



On the basis of archival documents from the collection of the Historical Archives of Niš, the author describes the emergence of the Centre of Community Health and Zaječar and its first years of operation. This paper describes the work of the Standing Bacteriologcal Facility that started working in 1922 as a forerunner and later on an integral part of the Centre of Community Health in 1930 when it was founded.
The Centre of Community Health in Zaječar belonged to the so-called hygienic facilities that Dr Andrew Štampar established throughout the former Kingdom of Yugoslavia and it had three objectives: to study health conditions and health culture of the local community, to fight against infectious diseases and to raise health consciousness of the people. The Centre of Community Health in Zaječar had a major role in the formation of other hygienic facilities in the Timok area of Morava Banovina. In the period 1930 to 1941 the Centre of Community Health in Zaječar and its subordinate institutions achieved significant results in the fight against endemic syphilis infectious intestinal diseases, malaria, rabies and hygienisation of many villages. This brought about greater health safety and improved quality of life of the population of the Timok area. There were many famous doctors whose work contributed largely to successful development of the Centre of Community Health: Dr Kosta Todorovic and Vsevold Ljubinski as doctors of the Standing Bacteriologcal Facility, and Dr Mladen Hadzi-Pavlović, the acting manager.
Key words: Zaječar, Standing Bacteriologcal Facility, the Centre of Community Health, Dr. Mladen Hadzi-Pavlović

Napomena: kompletan tekst rada na srpskom jeziku
Note: full text in Serbian
      Corresponding Address:
Petar Paunović (Rajac)
Paper received: 18. 1 . 2012
Paper accepted: 19. 1. 2012
Paper Internet issues: 8.3.2013.
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