Ninety years of military neurology and psychiatry

25. 11. 2022

Ninety years of the existence of military neurology and psychiatry was marked today in the Dom Vojske, remembering the year 1932 when the Department of Nervous and Mental Diseases had been formed in the Main Military Hospital. On this occasion, a symposium was held with a review of the history, present and perspectives of military neurology and psychiatry.The president of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Academician Vladimir Kostić, the Head of the Military Health Department Brigadier General Radivoje Anđelković PhD, Head of the Military Medical Academy, Colonel Prof. Dr. Miroslav Vukosavljević, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health attended the celebration of an important jubilee for the entire medical community of our country.
Head of the Clinic for Neurology of the Military Medical Academy, Colonel Prof. Dr. Ranko Raičević pointed out that this was a great day for military health and the entire medical community, which would not have been possible without numerous generations of people who, most often in difficult times, shared the fate of their people, and woved their lives into the work and development of military neurology and psychiatry, MMA and military health as a whole.
- The example of Jordan Tasić, who was one of the legendary 1300 corporals and then the first Head of Military Neuropsychiatry, is particularly magnificent. Neurology and psychiatry are of great importance in the military medical sense due to the large participation of neurotrauma and psychotrauma as leading disorders in times of conflict and crisis situations. The current generations of both services are making efforts to maintain a recognizable and significant place in the medical profession, determined to leave space and potential for future generations to be even better and more successful, said Colonel Prof. Dr. Raičević and concluded that military neurology and psychiatry have always been and will be part of the medical community of our country, with the special task of caring for all those who need help.
President of the Society of Psychiatrists of Serbia, Prof. Dr. Goran Mihajlović said that the history and fate of military and civilian medicine in our country were deeply intertwined.
- In the larger cities of Serbia in the first half of the 19th century, first military and then civilian hospitals began to be established, and from that moment on, the permeation of military and civilian medicine in our country continued, both in the professional and scientific sense. The scientific and professional contributions of military neurology and military psychiatry to the development of medicine in Serbia during the ninety years of their existence are immeasurable, emphasized Prof. Dr. Mihajlovic.
Head of the Clinic for Psychiatry of the MMA, Lt. Col. Dr. Bratislav Živić pointed out that the historical period lasting ninety years is a guarantee of stability and progress, and at the same time, an obligation to continuously improve the military neuropsychiatric service as a whole by adopting new knowledge.
- From the first days of creation, through efforts to establish the foundations of military neuropsychiatric doctrine, peacetime and wartime, to the present day, generations of older experts transfer their knowledge, experiences and skills to future holders of neuropsychiatric knowledge within military healthcare. Today, the psychiatry clinic, as the crown holder of the military psychiatric service, achieves notable results in terms of treatment, education and scientific research, said Lt. Col. Dr. Živić.
Head of the Military Medical Academy, Colonel Prof. Dr. Miroslav Vukosavljević wished successful work, stressed that the doors of the MMA are wide open for everyone and pointed out that the Clinic for Neurology, the Clinic for Psychiatry, as well as all other clinics of the MMA have a bright future.
The professional part of the meeting was opened by Academician Vladimir Kostić, who gave a lecture on the founder of local neurology, Dr. Laza Lazarević, followed by lectures on the history of military neurology and psychiatry, while in the second part, a symposium of the Neurology Clinic was held, and in the final part of the meeting, a symposium Clinics for psychiatry.

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