ARISTIDIS PETRIDIS The Egyptians Leading Physician


Continuing the completion of my essay Aigyptiotikes Personalities yesterday (ed. Angelaki, Athens 2017) record biographies of the great Egyptians Doctor Aristides Petrides:

Born in Droviani Northern Epirus in 1857, where he received basic education. The first high school classes attended the famous gymnasium of Ioannina and then to that of Patras where he was sent by his father from the fear of impending revolution Lykoursiou. In 1880 he enrolled in the Medical School of Athens, which was declared a Doctor in 1884.

In 1890 he was hired as an internal doctor of Greek Alexandria Hospital and as special assistant Zagkarola doctor under whom he worked until 1898. In 1899 the Greek Community of Alexandria commissioned the Surgical Department of the Hospital, which he headed until 1926 when he retired from active duty, designated honorary surgeon of Greek Hospital.

His first scientific work was laboratory and microbiological indeed. That’s because when in 1892 hosted by the Greek Hospital European Scientific Expedition in the German Walter crust and Italian Alesandro Pasquale to study dysentery and liver abscess in Egypt Petridis attended these scientific studies and became familiar with this new medical field microbiology then made giant strides. So, after the departure of foreigners able to direct the microbiology laboratory and try novel scientific research. The first of these was published pathogenicity dysentery and pathogenicity of liver abscesses in hot countries, while the second and most important was the surgical procedure of liver abscesses in particular of multiple such, introducing a surgical method treatment of liver abscess (faceted diafragmatomias-method), which was cited in the classic surgical textbooks. In particular the third Regional Medical Congress 1930 of the Egyptian Medical Association, the dean of Cairo Medical School and chairman of the conference Ali Pasha Ivarim the inaugural speech praised the Greek aigyptiotikis surgery, while proclaiming the usefulness of the surgical method of Petrides. Earlier, in 1928 at the International Congress of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases in Cairo proved that the first scientific observation after microscopic examination of vilcharzioseos in gynecology was not in the Egyptian capital, but in Greek Alexandria Hospital by Petrides. More generally put, and other laboratory investigations, as at cholodous typhoid and cholera vibrios finding of blood. Besides the laboratory work was published and announced series of interesting clinical observations.

Alexandria was valuable animator medicine motion thanks the contribution of the Medical Department of the Greek scientist Ptolemy club, which for many years presided. Besides his scientific career was to show national and social, culminating in his contribution to the success of Greek Blue Cross, which was one of the founders, and was one of the organizers of the fight against tuberculosis in Egypt with relevant lectures and film screenings.

Died on 30.07.1936, leaving behind his son, also a great physician Paul Petrides (1886-1949), who worked for 40 years as surgeon and Director of the Surgical Clinic of the Greek Community of Alexandria Hospital syngrafontas over a hundred scientific tasks.


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