II. International Turkish Medical History Congress Started

The 2nd International Turkish Medical History Congress, organized jointly by AfyonKocatepe University (AKU) and Afyonkarahisar Health Sciences University (AFSU) and the Association of Medical Ethics, Medical Law and History of Medicine, started.

On behalf of the Rector of AfyonKocatepe University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Prof.Dr. Ahmet Yaramış, the Dean of the AKU Faculty of Islamic Studies, Prof.Dr. Mustafa Güler, the Head of the Department of Archeologyand the AKU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Lecturer Emrah Kurt, the President of the Association of Medical Ethics, Medical Law and History of Medicine and Congress Co-Chair as well asMaltepe University Faculty of Medicine Faculty Member Prof.Dr.AyşegülErdemir, Deputy Rector of AFSU and the Dean of Faculty of Medicine Prof.Dr.Adem Aslan and faculty members attended.

The President of the Association of Medical Ethics, Medical Law and History of Medicine and Congress Co-Chair as well asMaltepe University Faculty of Medicine Faculty Member Prof.Dr.AyşegülErdemir said that the association has been operating since 2004. Erdemir, “There are 5 associations like this one in Turkey. I think we, as an association, overtook the others. We held national and international congresses. Today, we are holding our congress at the international level in Afyonkarahisar, the most cherished and historical region of our country. We have 7-8 papers from abroad.” she said.

Congress Co-Chair and the Head of the Department of History of Medicine and Ethics in Afyonkarahisar Health Sciences University Faculty of Medicine, Lecturer Member NazanErenoğlu Son thanked those who contributed to the organization of the congress.

Afyonkarahisar is an important city in terms of medical history

Congress Co-Chair and AfyonKocatepe University Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Head of Archeology Department Dr.Lecturer Emrah Kurt said that the name of Afyonkarahisar derives from the opium plant that has been used as a healing throughout history. Kurt said, “Afyonkarahisar was also the center of the thermal region where people sought healing in ancient times. At the same time, we are in the land where the Hilal-iAhmer activities were intensely held during the period when our War of Independence was won. On these occasions, we are in an important city in terms of medical history”.

“We added the history of medicine in 2016”

The Vice President of the Medical Ethics, Medical Law and History of Medicine Association Prof.Dr.KadircanKeskinbora stated that the association was established in 2004 under the name of Medical Ethics, Medical Law. Keskinbora said, “Since 2005, national and international meetings have been organized. These organizations continue without any hitches by taking the third name in 2016 and adding the history of medicine. We managed these organizations in Europe. The last one of these meetings that every year we choose different cities which we pay attention being historical city is being held here in Afyonkarahisar.” he said.

Congress Co-President and Vice President of the International Medical Association, Prof.Dr. Ana Maria Rosso expressed her satisfaction from making joint efforts about the history of medicine with the Medical Ethics, Medical Law and History of Medicine Association in Turkey.

The establishment of the Health History and Museology Association has 3 main objectives

The head of Health History and Museology Prof.Dr. Nil Sarı, on the other hand, said that they had 3 main goals in establishing the Health History Association. Sarı, “All kinds of materials related to history of health in Turkey such as books, tools and supplies disappear fast, creating an awareness for their protection. Secondly, we do not know where special materials are and especially there are special materials in special collections. In order to gather information about them, we want the people related to these collections attend our congress. Thirdly, the subject of health history should be based on data and evidence. We are holding these congresses in order to see the presentations based on the evidence-based data and the tangible visible information.” she said.

Afyonkarahisar has a history of 8 thousand years

Afyonkarahisar Provincial Culture and Tourism Director, Mehmet Tanır stated that Afyonkarahisar has a history of 8 thousand years. Tanır, “Afyonkarahisar, which we know to have a history of 5 thousand years, has been revealed a history of 8 thousand years with the latest research. With thermal and accommodation facilities of Afyonkarahisar, thermal is ahead as the main actor in tourism. Secondly, the Phrygian Valley, on the other hand, we are in the land where the War of Independence was held. It is a city open to nature tourism with its nature,” he said.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Prof.Dr. Ahmet Yaramış, on the behalf of the Rector of AKU stated that the Rector of AKU, Prof.Dr. Mustafa Solak wanted to participate in the event, but he couldn’t because of an official meeting he attended in Ankara, so instead of Mr. Solak, he attended the meeting. Noting that he had his first congress experience in another medical history congress, Yaramış said, “I attended the 38th International Medical History Congress in 2002 and had my first congress experience. I have benefited a lot. Last year, we met with AyşegülErdemir and she told us that they wanted to organize a congress here. Since then, we have started to work intensively. Our Archeology Department Head ÜmitEmrah Kurt also made great efforts in organizing this congress”.

Deputy Rector of AFSU and the Dean of Medicine Faculty,Prof.Dr.Adem Aslan stated that holding the congress in Afyonkarahisar is of great importance and gave information about AFSU. Aslan, “AFSU was established on May 25, 2018, and it is a new university. It is a thematic university that was established to conduct scientific studies in the field of international health tourism, biotechnology, medicinal and aromatic plants, especially in conjunction with thermal tourism, to organize these studies and to guide their transformation into products. Our foundation culture and civilization have done very important things in health service delivery throughout history. There are lessons we need to learn from the foundation culture in the past in order for today’s health services to serve sustainably.” he said.

The opening speeches ended with the presentation of a plaque.

Following the opening speeches, Congress Co-Chair and Vice President of the International Medical Association Prof.Dr. Ana Maria Rosso presented her presentation titled The Counterculture of the 1960’s: Changing Lifestyle with the Use and Abuse of New Hallucinogenic and Psychedelic Drugs. With the end of the presentation, the panel on the Turkish Foundation System, chaired by Prof.Dr. Nil Sarı and Prof.Dr. Mustafa Güler, started. In the panel, “Reflection of Foundation Civilizations to Darüşşifa” byProf.Dr. Nil Sarı, “Comparative Evaluation of Foundations Established in the Field of Health from the Ottoman Empire to Today” by Prof.Dr. Mustafa Güler, “Foundation System and Its Importance in Turks” by GönülGüreşseverCantay, and “Edirne Imaretleri” by NiliferGökçe were presented.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 2 February 2021