Daniela Koleva

Bulgarian Innovations in the Pituitary Gland Trade Before the Dismantling of the Iron Curtain

износ на хипофизни жлези социлистически период България


The text summarizes the results of a study devoted to the export of pituitary glands from Bulgaria. In the 1980s, the National Institute of Endocrinology, Gerontology and Geriatrics at the Medical Academy found itself involved in an unusual commercial exchange - the export of pituitary glands extracted from cadavers during routine autopsy in Bulgarian hospitals. Part of the currency received is used to purchase equipment and supplies for the institute's research and therapeutic activities. On the occasion of the results, Prof. Daniela Koleva from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" delivers lectures with the eloquent title "We cannot travel abroad, but at least our organs can".