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Gonzalez Urueña, Juan Manuel (1802-1854)

  • Gonzalez Urueña, Juan Manuel, 1802-1854
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About this work


Discurso y relación en la que El Catedrático jubilado de Medicina, C. Juan Manuel Gonzalez Urueña dá cuenta del estado que guarda El Establecimiento Médicoquirúrgico de Michoacán y de la instruccion que sus alumnos adquirieron en el curso que concluyó el dia 30 de Noviembre de 1.844. Produced in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. A scribal copy of a prize-giving speech at the close of the course for 1842-44. González Urueña expatiates on the value of medicine and physician to society, recounts the history of the School of Medicine, records the numbers of students and the names of the present cursantes, and ends by attacking contemporary medical charlatanism.



Physical description

30 ll. 21.5 x 16 cm. Contemporary gold-tooled leather binding.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1927.

Biographical note

Born in Michoacán of Spanish parents, Gonzalez Urueña became a pupil of Luis Montaña [1755-1820] and Casimiro Liceaga [1792-1855] in Mexico City, where he qualified as physician in 1822. He set up the first school of medicine in Morelia in 1830, abolished by the Union Government in 1852. Several times Deputy to the State Congress of Michoacán, three times Governor of the State, and three times Deputy to the Union Congress, he earned the enmity of Santa-Anna, and died on his way into exile. His work appeared in both medical and lay periodicals, and his monographs include work on cholera, diabetes, hydropathy, a textbook on anatomy and a manual on the treatment of smallpox, besides further unpublished medical material and translations from the comedies of Mme. de Genlis.

Ownership note

Formerly part of the León Collection.

Finding aids

Described in: Robin Price, An Annotated Catalogue of Medical Americana in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1983).


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