The work of doctor St Lukas continues to inspire

The work of doctor St Lukas continues to inspire

The speech of the Metropolitan of Argolis in the annual scientific event of HYGEIA and of the Medical Association of Argolida in Nafplio.

The participants at the annual scientific event of Health had the honor to listen to the inspired words of the Metropolitan of Argolida Mr. Nektarios Antonopoulos, for the connection of science and faith, and for how these concepts coexisted in the life and work of the Great Russian physician, St. Lukas (Valentin Felixovich Voyno-Yasenetsky).

The Metropolitan declared the opening of the conference, organized by the Scientific Association of Physicians of Hygeia in collaboration with the Medical Association of Argolis, with the support of VIANEX, Saturday, November 8, at the hotel "Amalia" in Nafplio.

"Although I am not a doctor, I feel familiar among you," said Mr. Nektarios and explained that the theology of the church may seem akin to the so-called human sciences, but in fact is related to the medicine. "It cures, heals, treating the man." In addition, medicine, which is recognized as a positive science has spiritual dimension, with strong elements of philosophical ethics and bioethics, noted the Metropolitan.

"It is no coincidence that great saints of our church were doctors and served man selflessly" he said, referring to the work of Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimean, Valentin Felixovich Voyno-Yasenetsky, known as St. Lukas.

"Personally, I had the great blessing to deal with the life and work of the Great Russian archbishop and physician Valentin Felixovich Voyno-Yasenetsky, professor of Topographic Anatomy and Surgery, who in 2012 proclaimed patron saint of Greek Surgical Society. St. Lukas is now considered a leading surgeon of the 20th century in Russia though he was persecuted by the regime in 1924 and had spent five years in exile."

St. Lukas worked more than 50 years as a surgeon, a university lecturer, a military doctor, and bishop of the Church with great selflessness and love for man. He opened new paths in surgical anesthesia and was the first scientist who attempted a kidney transplant from animal to man.

His amazing work for the Surgery of Purulent Infection, most of which was written in exile, became the key tool of surgeons in pre antibiotic period. This book became necessary book in Soviet schools of Medicine. In 1946 he was honored with the highest State award, the Stalin Prize.

The attempt of translation of this work in Greek, which began several years ago, was completed with the publication of the second volume, which was announced by the Metropolitan Nektarios: "Two years before was released the first volume and today I am pleased to announce that just two days ago, the project was completed."

Speaking at the Metropolitan of Argolis said that he is very happy that with the help of Russian translators and doctors, was translated and released the second volume in Greece. Apart from the special medical interest of the book, as well as concentrates the clinical experience, the studies and research of St. Lukas, it also has a strong element of humanity. "It is a book with a soul, with a heart, a book which has feeling. It is not simply describes incidents or cold events but it describes people", said Mr. Nektarios.

"He does not simply describe the medical cases, but he says that "I saw Igor, who had this illness and he did that treatment. And sometimes writes about his feelings, that he was hurt, that he cried or lost his mood, things that cannot be found in another medical textbook," he adds. Therefore, the reader can see the human side of medicine, along with the scientific, from a leading scientist, whose life has proved that faith and science are connected and do not conflict. "Science and faith have different object of research", says the Metropolitan.

Finally, commenting on the difficult situation experienced by the Greek people as a consequence of the crisis, the Father Nektarios urges to "look inside us". "To recognize our mistakes, to recognize that we believed in a god called money and that he tricked us and mock us". He urges us "to repent for this and see things differently. Life is not only money, nor comforts, nor the luxury", says Mr. Nektarios adding that "everyone needs to answer queries that accompany the lives of all people; otherwise they will never feel satisfied".

As to whether more or less must blame foreigners or politicians, again the Metropolitan of Argolis, highlights the personal responsibility. "We are liable all" he claims. "What we wanted, we achieved it. For example, what we were asking from the politicians? To make us favors. And we voted based on this criterion. So why do we complain? We asked for it. I therefore insist that personal responsibility is ours. And everyone must take responsibility, otherwise we cannot move on."
Source of central photo: Studio B & G BOUGIOTIS-RASSIAS