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Medical and Public Hygiene Conditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina are the provinces which were joined to Serbia by the Treaty of Trianon. The majority of the inhabitants are Mohammedans, whose religious creed prohibits them from trying to escape from evils inflicted on them by Fate, or sent by Allah as a punishment. Quackery, practiced by the priests, who inherited their practice from their fathers, used to flourish.After its occupation the late Austro-Hungarian government considered that its first duty was to organize a sanitation committee. The work of this committee was much impeded by difficulties with the members of the different religious sects.There were, practically speaking, no healthy people in the country. The women were weakly and anemic, and a good many of them were tuberculous; the majority of the men were syphilitic, pellagrous or leprous. The first act of the new government was to issue
BUCHAREST. JAMA. 1928;91(13):975–976. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700130053020