Visual memory of the profession – an article in the Liječnički vjesnik


Visual memory of the profession – a gaze at the photo albums of the Otorhinolaryngology Clinic preserved in the Croatian Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

This paper by Stella Fatović-Ferenčić and Silvija Brkić Midžić is published in Liječnički vjesnik, the Journal of the Croatian Medical Association, Vol. 143 (2021), No. 7-8, pp. 310-318.


Among the donations for the Croatian Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy, the most outstanding is the one which came from the legacy of the ORL clinic from the period when it was managed by Ante Šercer. It was donated to the Museum by the Zagreb School of Medicine in 2016. While pointing out the importance of representing non-verbal sources in medical historiography, in this paper we shall present the collection of the ORL clinic photographs compiled in two albums, which preserve the visual memory of the institution, as it was dislocated from its previous address. We shall compare those albums following the shifts in visual representations of the Clinic in different periods (before and after the WW II) and under different management. The albums shall be the starting point in focusing attention on the heritage of clinical disciplines, their documentary, historiographical and other values and possibilities for their interpretation and musealization.

This thematic issue of Liječnički vjesnik, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the ORL Clinic in Zagreb, will soon be available online, on the Hrčak portal and on the website of the Croatian Medical Association.

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