Focus on: „Health status in Stara Zagora region in 1935“, report by d-r Nikola G. Koychev, regional physician, Stara Zagora – Bulgaria  Cover Image
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Focus on: „Health status in Stara Zagora region in 1935“, report by d-r Nikola G. Koychev, regional physician, Stara Zagora – Bulgaria
Focus on: „Health status in Stara Zagora region in 1935“, report by d-r Nikola G. Koychev, regional physician, Stara Zagora – Bulgaria

Author(s): Juliana Marinova, Boriana Parashkevova, Iliana Pavlova, Krum Marinov
Subject(s): History
Published by: Балканска асоциация по история и философия на медицината (БАИФМ)
Keywords: history of medicine; health status of the population; content analysis;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the paper is to present the analysis of the health status of the population in Stara Zagora district in 1935 as reflected in the document: „Health Status in Stara Zagora Region in 1935“, prepared by the regional physician d-r Nikola G. Koychev. Methods: Content analysis of the document was applied. The original historical document printed in 1937, which was found in the Regional library in Stara Zagora, was analyzed. The document ended up in the library as a donation and the authors of this paper considered it as an historical heritage. Results and discussion: The document was developed on 188 pages. It contains in-depth analysis of health status which deserves special attention from the standpoint of modern society to the factors and determinants of health and depth of their comments during the first half of the 20th century. Public health problems are presented in 15 items on 57 pages. The detailed analysis is exemplified with 114 tables as well as diagrams, drawings and pictures. The depth of the analysis and commentary are impressive as well as the developed socio-medical approach in the interpretation of the data and the astonishing „relevance“ of the drawn conclusions and recommendations to the present moment. Conclusion: The presented document, which almost 80 years later still sounds actual, deserves special attention. According to us it is the most vivid illustration of the convincingly expressed active civil position and commitment of the regional physician d-r Nikola G. Koychev to the public health problems and health policy for the concrete historical period.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2013
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 29-33
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English