Lege Artis Medicinae

[A forgotten physician in the history of Hungarian Psychiatry. Dr. Ferenc Klein’s biography]

SZABÓ József1,2

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2020;30(08-09)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33616/lam.30.033

[The Psychiatry Department of St. Raphael’s Hospital in Zala County celebrated its 110th anniversary last year. This important anniversary raised the idea of studying deeper than usual the life of our professional ancestors. We tried to discover the personality, character, and oeuvre of our first appointed chief physician Ferenc Klein while using historical recollections and press articles published by our county, city and hospital. An image of a prominent physician, psychiatrist, patriot and individual was emerging before our very eyes by processing the available sources. As a pulmonologist, a field surgeon, or a psychiatrist he was able to meet the expectations of his age. He was highly appreciated by his patients and the people of Zalaegerszeg. Despite his significant oeuvre and martyrdom, he sank in oblivion and his name was not preserved either in the history of psychiatry or in the general memory. In the present study, we want to commemo­rate him by collecting and publishing his biography. ]

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  1. Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem, Bölcsészet- és Társadalomtudományi Kar, Szociológiai Intézet
  2. Zala Megyei Szent Rafael Kórház, Mentálhigiénés Központ, Inszomnia Szakrendelés

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