Tuberculosis and the reverse of the city: photographs of Zagreb’s housing misery from the collection of Vladimir Ćepulić
An article about photographs of Zagreb’s housing misery from the collection of Vladimir Ćepulić, which were taken in 1924 and are now in the holdings of the Croatian Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, was published in Liječnički vjesnik, vol. 142, no. 11-12, 2020, at pp. 420-429.
Stella Fatović-Ferenčić, Division of the History of Medical Sciences, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb
Silvija Brkić Midžić, Croatian Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb
Based on of the collection of photographs from the heritage of Vladimir Ćepulić (1891-1964), one of the presidents of the Croatian Medical Association (1935-1945), our analysis portrays medical aspects of social poverty in Zagreb between two world wars. Ćepulić’s collection, which contains 13 photographs and is preserved in the Croatian Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts was a starting point in our analysis of social medicine/pathology with particular emphasis on tuberculosis in Croatia at the beginning of the 20th century. The early presence of this vague collection in the context of social photography advent in Croatia was emphasized, as well as its museological value as the acquisition of the first Museum for the History of Health established in Zagreb by the Croatian Medical Association in 1944.
The full text of the article is available on the internet portal Hrčak: https://hrcak.srce.hr/251414
Figure: Housing misery in Zagreb in 1924 – wagon flats, black and white photograph, laminated on cardboard as an exhibit for the Museum of the History of Health Care in Croatia, Croatian Medical Association, 1944; today in the Collection of Photographs of the Croatian Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, inv. no. HMMF-4625