Lege Artis Medicinae

[Medical and health information literature in 18th century Hungary]

KAPRONCZAY Katalin1

MAY 01, 2000

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2000;10(05)

[The 18th century has led to very diverse developments in the cultural and scientific life of the country, as well as in areas affecting general welfare issues. The new ideas still came to us a little late, by intellectuals educated abroad - scientists, doctors, humanities. Everyone in their field tried to alleviate the backwardness of the country, to spread knowledge. As a general principle, following the spiritual currents abroad, it was professed that the basis of everything is the knowledge from which all citizens of the country have the right to benefit. Similarly, it is a fundamental human right for everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle under the right conditions. The most well-known personalities of the Enlightenment, though extremely sympathetic, were nevertheless naively idealistic, also had an idea of ​​the optimal social model. "... science is one of the main means of the country's happiness, and the more common it is among the inhabitants, the happier the country is ..." György Bessenyei confessed with his knowledge gained in Vienna. He believed that , mundane you can live with satisfaction in the sure knowledge of your destiny.]

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