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The Portuguese participation in the Great War had political, economic and social consequences that were felt in the following decades, and that also had an impact on health. Through the mobilisation of over 100.000 men, the young Portuguese Republic (1910) hoped to obtain international recognition and protect its African colonies from British and German interests.

Although it might seem contradictory, the First World War triggered a set of technical and scientific advances in healthcare. But this total war would also forever mark the lives of many men, who returned with physical and psychiatric traumas, and who were soon consigned to oblivion. Through a set of objects, photographs and videos, this exhibition explores this double impact of the Great War on health, in Portugal.

Free entry

29 July to 29 September 2019

10-13h/ 14h-17h from Mondays to Sundays

Hospital de Santo António – Auditório Prof. Doutor Alexandre Moreira do Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto

Curators: Helena da Silva e José Picas do Vale

Executive committee: Helena da Silva, José Picas do Vale, Margarida Portela e Sónia Faria

Design: Jorge Galvão

Translation: Ana Simão

Dressmaker: Elsa Cunha

Graphic printing: Augustos

Insurance: Innovarisk

Transportation: Associação Humanitária dos Bombeiros Voluntários de Almada

Exhibition initiators:

DEFI | Departamento de Ensino, Formação e Investigação | Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto

Instituto de História Contemporânea – Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Support and Acknowledgements: A Casa do Guarda; Associação Humanitária dos Bombeiros Voluntários de Almada; Centro Social Paroquial de Almada – Lar de S. Tiago; Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa; Exército Português (Direcção de História e Cultura Militar, Arquivo Histórico Militar, Biblioteca do Exército, Museu Militar de Elvas, Museu Militar de Lisboa); Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia – Investigador FCT; Gil Santos; Hemeroteca Municipal de Lisboa; Liga dos Combatentes; Margarida Durães; Ordem Hospitaleira de São João de Deus – Museu São João de Deus; Rui Vaz Osório Wellcome Collection

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