Educación Médica Superior
versión ISSN 0864-2141
During its first 50 years of foundation, the medical attention of the citizens of the village of San Cristobal de La Habana was mainly in the hands of the barber surgeons, whose practices were many times worse than the disease to be treated. Some physicians from Santiago de Cuba or from Mexico had been in La Habana, but just on their way to more attractive places. On February 26th, 1569, the town council of the city that was the highest authority to apply the law and to determine the destiny of its citizens, according to the mission of the King of Spain, authorized Bachellor Gregorio Gamarra to practice his medical profession in the village. It was the first time this profession was recognized by the citys authorities and citizens, granting him all the priviliges and duties inherent to this position.
Palabras llave : FAMOUS PERSONS; HISTORY OF MEDICINE 16TH CENTURY; BARBER SURGEONS; CUBA.