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Dr. VIKTOR FINDERLE (1902-1964), physician and inventor

Dr. Viktor Finderle attended high school in Sušak, and the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb. He passed the specialist exam in gynecology and obstetrics in Padua. From 1928 to 1941 he worked at the Sveti Duh Hospital in Rijeka at the department of surgery, and as a specialist gynecologist and obstetrician.

After being mobilized in the Italian army, he was employed at the Military Hospital in Crikvenica. In 1943, after the surrender of the Kingdom of Italy, he joined the Partisan movement.

Finderle was the first head of the Department of Maternity and Gynecology in Rijeka General Hospital, the head of the Department of Public Health, and the founder of the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka. He was an expert and a scientist as well as a prolific writer of scientific and professional papers. In 1951, he patented the vacuum extractor, his most important and a well-known invention in obstetrics.

Viktor Finderle
Kozala Cemetery
WDEC 2021

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