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Progress in Pediatrics
April 1947

EFFECT ON THE ORGANISMS OF CHILDREN OF PRIVATIONS CAUSED BY THE SIEGE OF BUDAPEST

Author Affiliations

Lecturer, University of Debrecen, Specialist in Children's Diseases and Chief of the Children's Department BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
From the OTBA Hospital; chief physician: Dr. Géza Gerloczy, professor at the University of Budapest.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;73(4):489-496. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02020390101007

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Abstract

THE SIEGE of Budapest, which lasted fifty-two days, caused the inhabitants privations of unparalleled intensity in the history of the world war which came to an end recently. The siege did not affect the whole city alike. Some districts were relieved of the blockade in a relatively short time, while others were compelled to suffer throughout the duration of the siege. Buda, situated on the right side of the Danube, in the mountainous district where the mad and fruitless resistance was organized, suffered through the entire fifty-two day period of the siege. The OTBA Hospital, one of the most up-to-date sanatoriums of Middle Europe, is situated in this area and after exactly one year of activity found itself in the midst of the siege.

The hospital, though the building was rather new, constructed according to the latest principles of medical science, was unable to meet the wartime demands because it

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