Professors on both sides of the Iron Curtain – genius loci of Jan Sobieski 6th Regional Hospital in Lviv
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Zakład Historii Medycyny, Farmacji i Medycyny Wojskowej Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Łodzi; kierownik: p.o.dr n. farm. Marcin Możdżan
Submission date: 2018-05-13
Publication date: 2018-06-25
LW 2018;96(3):283-289
The Jan Sobieski 6th Regional Hospital was one of the ten most important military health care facilities in the interwar period. The unusual atmosphere prevailing in Lviv, where the cultures of various nations merged (Poles, Jews, Germans, Armenians, Russians, Ruthenians and others), enriching each other and inspiring, was also felt in the 6th Regional Hospital. This is how a specific genius lociof the 6th Regional Hospital was created. An excellent illustration of this phenomenon is the interesting history of two physicians from the Lviv military clinic, head of the X‑ray Laboratory Alfred Bong (1899–1982) and the senior head of the Ophthalmology Department Witold Starkiewicz (1906–1978), who after the end of World War II, operating in completely different socio‑political conditions (US and PL), achieved a high professional position, becoming a model and patron for medical specialists in their field. Today, the legendary King Jan Sobieski 6th Regional Hospital does not exist any more, but despite all that, its eastern gate, decorated with the “Janina” coat of arms of the Sobieski family, survived and still inspires everyone visiting 26 Łyczakowska street, which is another proof of the genius loci of this institution.
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