Ivan Krstitelj Lalangue

Ivan Krstitelj Lalangue (Matton, Belgija, 27. IV. 1743. – Varaždin, 20. V. 1799.), Croatian physician. He completed his medical education in 1770 in Vienna. At the initiative of Austrian health reformator G. van Swieten he came to Croatia to reorganize the health care service and in 1772 he was appointed county physician in Varaždin. He was involved in the field of hygiene and preventive medicine, sought to improve the economic and social circumstances of the Croatian people, and began systematical training of midwives.

He was the most significant representative of the enlightenment movement in the field of health, the founder of professional medical literature in the Croatian language, the author of the first medical-educational books for the folk: Vračtva ladanjska (1776) and Kratek navuk od meštrije pupkorezne (1777).

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