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En el centenario de la condecoración del doctor Carlos Juan Finlay con la Medalla Mary Kingsley One-hundred anniversary of the decoration of Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay with medal Mary Kingsley

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Author(s): José Antonio López Espinosa

Journal: Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical
ISSN 0375-0760

Volume: 59;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Personajes | distinciones y premios | historia de la medicina | medicina tropical | Cuba | Figures | awards and decorations | history of medicine | tropical medicine | Cuba

ABSTRACT
Se brindó una información panorámica acerca de la vida de la viajera, naturalista y enfermera inglesa Mary Henrrietta Kingsley, así como de la huella que dejó su obra bienhechora. Se hizo referencia a la Medalla Mary Kingsley, premio instaurado para perpetuar la memoria de esta destacada mujer y para reconocer la labor de los investigadores con resultados trascendentales en el campo de la medicina tropical. Se ofrecieron detalles en relación con el otorgamiento de este galardón en 1907 al sabio científico cubano, doctor Carlos Juan Finlay Barrés. Con este modesto artículo se trató de sacar del olvido e, inclusive de salvar de la ignorancia, un acontecimiento de mucha relevancia para la historia de la salud pública en general y de la medicina tropical en particular, a propósito de cumplirse su centenario.A comprehensive information about the life of Mary Henrietta Kingsley, a British traveller, naturalist and nurse, and the legacy of her beneficent work were provided in this paper. Also, reference was made to medal Mary Kingsley, an award that was created to perpetuate the memory of this outstanding woman and to acknowledge the work of researchers who have attained remarkable results in the field of tropical medicine. A number of details were given regarding the decoration of well-known Cuban scientist Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay Barrés with this medal in 1907. This modest article was aimed at saving from oblivion an event of great importance for the history of public health in general and of tropical medicine in particular since the one hundred anniversary of this event is to be celebrated.
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