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History of Infectious Diseases

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History of Infectious Diseases / VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2, AUGUST 2020

A Physician’s Encounter with Epidemics: Courage vis-á-vis Ignorance

Fatih Artvinli

It would be apt to refer to the 20th century as a period of forgetting or not remembering in terms of the history of medicine in general and history of epidemics in particular. A historian of medicine, Frank Snowden, refers to this state as historical amnesia. With the sense of fear and danger that COVID-19 pandemic has instilled in people, the curiosity Read More

History of Infectious Diseases / VOLUME 5, ISSUE 1, MARCH 2023

Museums of Medicine and Health: Curating Public Health

Uğurgül Tunç

In the first quarter of the twentieth century, health and hygiene-themed exhibitions and museums became prevalent communication tools for public health throughout the world. However, the primary motivation behind their establishment as medical museums was the educational (...) Read More

History of Infectious Diseases / VOLUME 5, ISSUE 4, DECEMBER 2023

Knidos Medical School and its Reflections on Modern Medicine

Önder Ergönül

Many people assumed that Asclepius was the God of Medicine and that her followers, the Asclepiads, were priests in temples and shrines called Asclepion. Asclepius and her daughter Hygeia who is known as goddess of hygiene are still the iconic names for modern medicine (Figure 1). However, as our knowledge deepened, it became possible to […] Read More

History of Infectious Diseases / VOLUME 6, ISSUE 2, JUNE 2024

Urinalysis in Medical Diagnosis: the Historical and Contemporary Usage

Oğuz Usta and others

One of the indispensable abilities of a young medieval doctor was the capability to read urine colour, given that urine was regarded as a divine fluid and considered to be a window to the human body. The observation of urine enabled the detection of bodily changes, and it served as the first laboratory test for thousands of years. Similarly, the practice of uroscopy, (...) Read More