IN MEMORY OF DR RATIP KAZANCIGIL “OTTOMAN HEALTH TRADITIONS” MEETING IS HELD BY TRAKYA UNIVERSITY
Because of unforgettable contributions to the history of medicine, to Edirne and to Trakya University, Prof. Dr. Ratip Kazancıgil will be commemorated in the 1st year of his death with the meeting “Ottoman Health Traditions”.
“Dr Ratip Kazancıgil's Remembrance Session” is orginised on the opening of a two-day scientific event with the cooperation of Trakya University, Edirne Governorship, Istanbul Medipol University and Turkish Medical History Institute on September 7-8, 2018, at Trakya University Complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum, where Prof Dr Ratip Kazancgil left deep traces .
Bayezid Complex was opened in 1488 by Sultan Bayezid II and it is the only museum that keeps the Ottoman Darüşşifa alive today. The museum, which was taken into the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 2016, draws attention as an important education and health institution since its establishment with its hospital and its adjacent medical school. From the year 1488 until the Balkan Wars and the First World War,it gave health service and medical education to mankind. Bayezid Complex remained idle until its transfer to Trakya University in 1997. With the great efforts of Dr Ratip Kazancıgil, the complex was reorganized as a health museum. Increasing in the number of visitors each day, Complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum has become one of the most visited places in Edirne.
Dr. Ratip Kazancıgil's CV
Kazancıgil was born in Malatya in 1920. He completed his primary and secondary education in his hometown, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Istanbul University in 1943. His first place of duty is Aydın Center Malaria War Medicine Department. Then, he was appointed to Edirne in 1950 and he served as the President of Thrace Malaria War Region. He worked as the Director of Edirne Health Directorate between 1960 and 1985. He completed his doctorate in deontology and history at Istanbul Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine between 1979-1981 when he was 61 years old and then served as assistant professor at Trakya University Medical History and Deontology Department. After his retirement for the second time, he continued his honorary position in the same department since 1992. In addition to the Health Directorate in Edirne, he also served as Deputy Governor, Deputy Mayor, Deputy Director of Culture and Tourism, Regional Directorate of Physical Education, and Literary Teacher at the Institute of Art. He was the founder, president and director of many associations in Edirne such as “Edirne Tourism Association” and “Edirne Traditional Turkish Music Association”. He is the author of about 30 books and numerous articles on the history and culture of Edirne.
He donated his library of hundreds of books to Trakya University and a library was established in his own name in the Medical History Department of the Faculty of Medicine.