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[Health-care services in the GDR during the 1980s: A status report based on the files of the state security agency].
Gesundheitswesen 2014; 76(2):73-8G

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The situation of the health-care services in the GDR during the 1980s has been reconstructed on the basis of the in part not previously released files of the Ministry for State Security (Stasi files).

METHOD

A research application was submitted to the responsible German Agency to examine the Stasi files on district physicians in the GDR. 78 extensive files were made available and evaluated according to the topics drugs and other medicinal aids, medical techniques, building status, procurement of foreign currencies, hygiene, Chernobyl, appeals and shortage of physicians.

RESULTS

The Stasi files reveal a dismal picture for the status of health-care services in the GDR during the 1980s. The authorities responsible for public health and the Ministry for State Security were well informed about the existing problems. Towards the end of the GDR the Ministry of Sate Security admitted internally that research and technology were lagging about 10 years behind that in Western countries.

CONCLUSION

The discrepancy between the official reports and inofficial opinions was considerable. The Ministry of State Security worked mainly passively in an ideological fantasy world in which all such discrepencies had to be denied.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.Institut und Poliklinik für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf.

Pub Type(s)

English Abstract
Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

ger

PubMed ID

23616227

Citation

Erices, R, and A Gumz. "[Health-care Services in the GDR During the 1980s: a Status Report Based On the Files of the State Security Agency]." Gesundheitswesen (Bundesverband Der Arzte Des Offentlichen Gesundheitsdienstes (Germany)), vol. 76, no. 2, 2014, pp. 73-8.
Erices R, Gumz A. [Health-care services in the GDR during the 1980s: A status report based on the files of the state security agency]. Gesundheitswesen. 2014;76(2):73-8.
Erices, R., & Gumz, A. (2014). [Health-care services in the GDR during the 1980s: A status report based on the files of the state security agency]. Gesundheitswesen (Bundesverband Der Arzte Des Offentlichen Gesundheitsdienstes (Germany)), 76(2), pp. 73-8. doi:10.1055/s-0033-1343443.
Erices R, Gumz A. [Health-care Services in the GDR During the 1980s: a Status Report Based On the Files of the State Security Agency]. Gesundheitswesen. 2014;76(2):73-8. PubMed PMID: 23616227.
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