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Historical Review

Sestre Milosrdnice University hospital and Institute of Clinical Medical Research; [email protected]
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Acta Clin Croat, Vol. 50, No. 2, 2011 309 Acta Clin Croat 2011; 50:309 Historical Review HistoRiCAl Review when the first independent Department of Neu- rosurgery was established at our Hospital 25 years ago, on November 1, 1986, it was not the beginning of neurosurgery development at the Hospital, but the final phase of the long-standing serious and successful neurosurgery activities. surgery reports from the es- tablishment of surgery department in 1885 to the end of the first half of the 20th century reveal that surgeons had performed many neurosurgical procedures very successfully. Pituitary operations provide a good ex- ample; the first six hypophysectomies were performed by Professor Aleksandar Blašković as early as 1922, and in the 1950-1963 period three patients were operated on at Department of surgery and 14 patients at eNt Department1. Professor Danko Riessner, who came to our Hospital in 1953 from the position of the head of Neurosurgery Department, University Department of surgery at Rebro Hospital, gave full swing to neu- rosurgery at our Hospital. Professor Riessner is also called father of the Croatian neurosurgery2. Professor Riessner acquired his huge knowledge in neurosur- gery at Kaiser wilhelm institute for Brain Research in Berlin. our first neurosurgeons, Head Doctor Nedeljko Popov, vjenceslav Bakulić and Živko Alić, were his disciples. Head Doctor Popov succeeded to Professor Riessner, established neurotraumatology department and continued pituitary operations3. The so-called Neurosurgery-Neurotraumatology Depart- ment existed as part of the University Department of surgery until 1985, and from 1986 it was an indepen- dent Department of Neurosurgery, headed by Profes- sor lucijan Negovetić. in their foreword to the five-year report on De- partment activities, published in May 19924, Profes- sor Negovetić and Head Doctor lupret say that 1060 operations are performed per year at Department on an average. Great attention is paid to the e

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