Journal of Regional Section of Serbian Medical Association in Zajecar

Year 2014     Vol 39     No 4
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      UDK 614.2(497.11)(091)"1969/2014"; 615.849.2(497.11)(091)"1969/2014"

ISSN 035-2899, 39(2014) br.4 p.232-241

History of medicine

A great department in a small town - 45th Anniversary of the Nuclear Medicine Department, Health Centre, Zaječar
(Velika služba u maloj varoši – 45 godina postojanja i rada Službe za nuklearnu medicinu Zdravstvenog centra u Zaječaru)

Petar Paunović (1), Željka Aleksić (2)
(1) Rajačka škola zdravlja, (2) Zdravstveni centar Zaječar, Služba za nuklearnu medicinu


  Download in pdf format   Extended summary: The authors describe the formation and development of the Nuclear Medicine Department in the Health Centre Zaječar over the period of 45 years. At the beginning of its work in September 1969, as a radioisotope laboratory within the Department of Internal Medicine of the Medical Centre in Zaječar, it became, by the end of the twentieth century, a prestigious Department of Nuclear Medicine, with several PhDs and specialists of different scientific disciplines, known across the world and in formerYugoslavia. It started at the time when little was known about nuclear medicine and when there were no such laboratories, except in major cities. It succeeded to arise interest among doctors of other medical branches in the area of the Timok Region on the use of radioisotope in diagnosis and therapy, thus contributing to the overall improvement of health care. It became very close with patients who were fond of doctors and the Department where special devices were used in diagnosing and treatment and with a high level of professionalism and ethics in relation to the population. Over several decades, the Department has produced several specialists, masters and doctors of medical sciences. The authors indicate that the activity, development and progress of a sector in medicine and elsewhere, in this case the Department of Nuclear Medicine of the Health Centre Zaječar, may arise and survive thanks to an individual. It was when imagination, intuition, dedication, love of medicine, persistance, entrepreneurship and creativity of an individual, such was the case with Dr. Nebojša Paunković, a great doctor in a small town, had a decisive importance for the development and improvement of the Department. He was the founder, animator and head of the expert team. Finally, the authors deal with the future of the Department for Nuclear Medicine, seeing its prosperity in further progress of the implementation of innovations in physics, chemistry, engineering, technology and computer science, as well as in the application of scientific advances in molecular biology and predictive medicine.
Keywords: history of medicine, nuclear medicine, radioisotopes, diagnosis, treatment, Zaječar

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Note: full text in Serbian
      Corresponding Address:
Petar Paunović
Rajačka škola zdravlja, 19314 Rajac, Srbija
Paper received: 21.9.2014
Paper accepted: 23.9.2014
Paper Internet issues: 17.11.2014
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