Stefanovych-Dontsov, Mykhailo

Stefanovych-Dontsov, Mykhailo [Стефанович-Донцов, Михайло; Stefanovyč-Doncov, Myxajlo], b 1753 in Kozly, near Chernihiv, d 18 March 1833 in Chernihiv. Physician. A graduate of Chernihiv College (1771) and the Medical School of the Saint Peterburg Military Hospital (1774), he obtained his physician’s license in 1778 and took part in efforts to control epidemics in Ukraine and Russia. He was sentenced to 10 years of forced labor for protesting against abuse of power by the landlords. He invented a device for clearing the bronchopulmonary fistula of foreign bodies. His writings, which remain unpublished, deal with the plague, traumatic epilepsy, fractures, and tarantula bites.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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