Sunday, 5 September 2010

The Medical and Surgical Society of Corfu - an important 113 years old foundation

  The Medical and Surgical Society of Corfu was founded in 1897 by the corfiot doctors Ilias Politis, Eugenios Pogiagos and Petros Zotos. They were the then new generation of doctor scientists who had run the "Collegio   medico Corfu", funded by Ioannis Kapodistrias and later the Ionian Academy's Faculty of Medicine in 1824. The Society, together with the athenian one are the oldest in Greece and its scope was "the promotion of the science of medicine in Corfu, the study of the local illnesses, the clarification of their causes and their prevention".

  Two years later, in 1899, the Society funded a first aid station, called "Iatrion Kerkyras". During the greek-turkish war of 1897, its doctors took care of the wounded soldiers. London's "Daily Chronicle" donated money to equip the building. Until our days The "Iatrion" mostly deals with emergencies and its services are free of charge. More than 15,000 patients are being treated annualy by the Society.

  Its buiding was donated by Polimnia Skaramanga and it is located in Skaramanga street in the centre of the town, close to the "Annunziata" monument.

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