Lege Artis Medicinae

[Reflections on the European integration of Hungarian medicine]

HALÁSZ Katalin1

AUGUST 28, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(14)

[EUROPE... It must have been a dreamed goal for over a thousand years. Our squatters achieved it. Since the last century, the achievements of more than one distinguished Hungarian physician have been considered groundbreaking. In addition to Semmelweis, the life's work of several Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian scientists has proved our European existence. In our narrow field of rheumatology, too, Móric Kaposi earned worldwide recognition in the last century with his description of SLE, and is still quoted daily as the first author of the first report on AIDS-related sarcoma. Have we moved away from Europe in this century? Wouldn't we have had hopeful, knowledgeable doctors? Hardly.]

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