The personality of Prof. Haralds Voskis and his legacy in the collection of the Rīga Stradiņš University History Museum

Daiga Dupate, Jānis Vētra, Iveta Skripste

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To evaluate the museum materials that represent the personality of Haralds Voskis as well as Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), where he studied medicine and later became a professor. The RSU History Museum has received H.Voskis' (1928–2011) archive materials and the manuscript for his book Applied Anatomy. This is evidence which portrays an important personality in the history of RSU – a doctor, a lecturer, a scientist, the chairman of the RSU Library Council and an author. The study compares the manuscript Applied Anatomy prepared by H. Voskis in 1991 with the textbook Topographic Anatomy published by H. Voskis, V. Timmermane, A. Mansone in 1975, the first textbook on this topic in Latvian. The latter was created in cooperation with leading Russian specialists in anatomy and surgery following the standards of scope, form, and length adopted by the Soviet Union. In contrast, Applied Anatomy was created at the time when Latvia regained its independence. The manuscript was created freely, showing no influence of any dominant persons or traditions. It reflects H. Voskis' profound understanding of human anatomy in all its diversity in the context of clinical medicine. To demonstrate this, a chapter on the hip joint from each book has been analysed. H. Voskis' candidate dissertation in medical sciences (1958) and doctoral dissertation in medical sciences (1981) are dedicated to the studies of the hip joint surgical anatomy.  This work employs methods of historical research and comparison. The museum's collection will be enhanced with more than 200 valuable artefacts that can serve for research on the history of higher education in Latvia, the history of personalities and their ideas, as well as medical history and applied anatomy.  Professor Haralds Voskis' archive materials will be significant benefit for researchers who study higher education in Latvia, medical history and applied anatomy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2021
EventRSU Research week 2021: Knowledge for Use in Practice - Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 24 Mar 202126 Mar 2021


ConferenceRSU Research week 2021: Knowledge for Use in Practice
Abbreviated titleRW2021
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Field of Science*

  • 3.5 Other medical sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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