Our colleague, the University Professor specialized in neuropsychiatry, has left us at the age of 90 years, after having worked in the academic and medical environment from Iasi his entire life.
Born in Soroca, the Moldavian fortress of the Dniester, he grew up in his native town, while in Botosani he attended the gymnasium and the high school. From the published memories of our colleague Titi – Costica, we recall the text describing a childhood scene. As a boy, Titi had seen how the Bolshevik soldiers had been shooting ten people on the other bank of the Dniester.
After graduating the high school, he studied medicine in Iasi – and there he also dedicated himself to psychiatry – becoming a specialist in childhood neuropsychiatry. His interests and knowledge led him to the study of the Romanian iatro-history, i.e. the history of the medical life, in particular the psychiatry from Iasi area.
He became a lecturer, then a professor at the Department of History of Medicine, taking over the INP section of Socola Hospital, too, since 1975. In the cultural atmosphere of the capital of Moldova, he had a rich publishing activity, being the author of over 20 books, most of them focused on the history of medicine and psychiatry. Being employed by theSocola Hospital, he had established and organized his office there and a museum, too, which were later transformed into salons for the sick patients – while “the history of the Iasi psychiatry was thrown away to a repository, which nobody knows anything about” as our colleague, MD, PhD, Richard Constantinescu, used to write. The decision to throw the museum documents belonged to Board of the Socola Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, where the directors wanted to dictate their conditions.
Professor Constantin Romanescu was a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, he directed the INP Section and lectured at the Faculty of Paediatrics from Iasi – but he was determined to leave this position, too – a situation due to the misunderstanding and non-recognition of INP specialty by the leaders of the Adult Psychiatry Department. Such a negative attitude has been perpetuated to this day. The lack of recognition of the importance of the INP specialties has led C. Romanescu to move away both from our specialists and from the colleagues of RSCANP, which was founded in 1990. Even now, in Moldova, the training of specialists in the psychiatry of children and adolescents takes place within the framework of adult psychiatry. At the anniversary of the Socola Hospital and at the 1978 National Conference in Timisoara, we discussed these issues with Professor P. Branzei and Prof. C. Romanescu and also our proposal to create an independent INP profession, which we want to be recognised and useful to our patients, but we were told that it was necessary that the child neuropsychiatry in Moldova should be integrated into the situation existing in Iasi.
We dedicate to Professor MD, PhD CONSTANTIN ROMANESCU a collective memory for his whole activity and for the friendship we have had over the years.