115 Years since the First Brain Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Faruk Konjhodžić

Abstract


The first brain operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina was performed in the Muslim Charity Hospital (Vakufska Bolnica – Vakuf Hospital) in Sarajevo in 1891. In fact, three brain operations were performed in that hospital. All of the three patients operated on had sustained head injuries several months prior to the operation, and subsequently, they suffered from epileptic fits caused by bone fragments in the brain. The operation consisted of craniotomy, removal of the bone fragments, and closure of the dura matter. The epileptic fits ceased in all patients following the operation. The above indicated operations were performed by Dr. Carlo Bayer. The hospital was founded in 1866, and it is generally considered the first modern hospital in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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History of neurosurgery; Bosnia and Herzegovina

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