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Mardi 16 janvier 2018
Tuesday 16 January 2018

Infectious Diseases In-Motion: The Case of Greece from the Balkan Wars until 1922
(in Greek)

Lena Korma EFA
Discussant: Katerina Gardika

Salle des conférences de l’EFA / Αίθουσα διαλέξεων της EFA
Οrganisé par la British School at Athens (BSA) et l’École française d’Athènes (EFA), en collaboration avec le British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), et financé par le réseau Balkan Futures et l’EFA

Programme 2018

The intense war conflicts and geographic redeployments contributing to the territorial expansion of Greece during the period 1912-1922 have also consequences in the health sector, with the emergence and spread of infectious diseases. The case of the cholera and the typhus fever epidemic is a prominent example. The outbreak of the epidemic of cholera will occur during both the Balkan Wars and the First World War. Accordingly, the typhus fever will affect the Greek territories during the Great War and soon after, mainly in Eastern Macedonia. But are there any special factors that encourage the spread of these diseases, especially during this particular war period, due to the mobility of troops and refugee waves? How do the health authorities deal with these populations’ care and protection?
The aim of the present communication is therefore to examine not only the reasons for the occurrence of these epidemics at the given time, due to the wider population mobility that is taking place, but also the way these reasons are dealt with, causing the involvement of many different actors. At the same time, these examples provide a starting point for discussing how war can eventually become a "positive external influence" in the evolution of medicine.



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