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Honey between traditional uses and recent medicine

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From ancient times, honey was not only used as a natural sweetener but also as a healing agent. Many health-promoting and curative properties attributed to it are the basis for some traditional folk medicine treatments throughout the world today.

Its beneficial effects in different disorders, rediscovered in recent decades , varying from its antibacterial effects and benefits in wound healing to its safe role in peptic ulcer, gastroenteritis, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology and dental hygiene. This will be discussed in this review on the basis of a series of scientific studies conducted to investigate the therapeutic properties of this natural product

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The Oldest Anaesthesiologist on the Balkan Peninsula, Dr. Risto Ivanovski, Died

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Dr. Risto Ivanovski died on 17 of June 2013 in his 100-th year of life. He was the first anaesthesiologist in Republic of Macedonia and one of the founders of modern anaesthesiology in ex-Yugoslavia. He was born in Prilep, Macedonia. He started to make his way in the field of anaesthesiology in 1946. Then, Yugoslavia, as a part of the antifascist coalition, received aid in medical personnel and equipment through UNRRA. Dr. Patrick Shackleton, and Dr. Rasel Davies from Great Britain educated the first group Yugoslav doctors in the field of anaesthesiology. Then, the Army sent him to organize the anaesthesiology service at the Military Hospital in Zagreb, but because he was the only one anaesthesiologist in Croatia, numerous well-known surgeons addressed him to work together in different hospitals in Zagreb, Osijek and Rovinj). From 1954, Dr. Ivanovski worked at the Military Hospital in Skopje. He was the teacher of the first generation of Macedonian anaesthesiologists. In 1959 he was elected as an Associate Professor at the Medical Faculty in Skopje. He was also a visiting anaesthesiologist in Prishtina, Kosovo. Dr. Risto Ivanovski was the first president of the Macedonian Society of Anaesthesiology founded in 1962. His professional opus contains about 20 works where he spoke about current problems of his time; the beginnings of endotracheal intubation, the use of Viadril cyclopropane and plasma expanders, immersion hypothermia as an addition to general anaesthesia in high-risk patients, organization problems of anaesthesiology services in war etc. Dr Risto Ivanovski left numerous admirers. The generations that followed his time, respect his efforts and work.

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History of Dentistry in Central Serbia

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History of dentistry in the Central Serbian District of Jagodina has been influenced by traditional medicine for centuries. Development of dentistry in the region of Jagodina was slow, the level of oral and general hygiene was low and the sanitary prevention was absent. Trained physicians started to practice medicine and dentistry in the first half of the nineteenth century and they were educated in abroad universities. However, common people used to address to these physicians only when the traditional medicine were unable to help. Until the end of the World War II, common, mostly rural people, with the urgent dental treatment need were usually referred to the barbers, healers or empirics in the nearby villages rather than the dentists. Medications used for the urgent dental treatment were balsams and solutions made of herbs. After the World War II, the dental technicians who finished special courses started to practice dentistry. In 1947 the Regional Dental Office in Jagodina was opened and in 1955 the first Doctor of Dental Medicine who graduated from the School of Dental Medicine of University of Belgrade was employed. Nowadays, the Department of Dentistry represents is an important and independent part of the Health Care Centre in Jagodina.

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