Tributes To René Favaloro 100 Years After His Birth

Tributes To René Favaloro 100 Years After His Birth

Next Wednesday will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of the prestigious doctor René Favaloro. In this context, a series of tributes will be given at different monuments in the City of Buenos Aires, the Colón Theater and the Kirchner Cultural Center, where a fragment of his autobiography about his time as a rural doctor will also be read, which was republished so that Keep the social commitment of the outstanding surgeon current.

In honor of Dr. Favaloro, the Teatro Colón is preparing for a very special gala that will fuse cinema, theater, dance and music. It will not only be a historical cultural event, but also an opportunity to contribute to the construction of the new outpatient center of the Favaloro Foundation. This project will expand the care capacity and provide high-quality services to a greater number of patients. Currently, the non-profit institution plays a fundamental role in job creation, with more than 2,000 direct jobs, and in medical care, with more than 210,000 outpatient consultations and 15,000 patients per year.

The gala will be held on Monday, July 10 at 7:15 p.m. and will be hosted by Iván de Pineda. The music will be in charge of the orchestral ensemble of the National Philharmonic under the direction of Emmanuel Siffert, interpreting classics by Mozart and Vivaldi. In addition, the Joven Ballet Argentino will present contemporary pieces by Franco Cadelago, while Elena Roger & Escalandrum, Susana Giménez and hundreds of professionals will come together to keep Favaloro’s legacy alive in our hearts.


On Wednesday, July 12, the main monuments and historical buildings of the City will light up in red and blue in a significant gesture to remember it: the Lezama Palace, the Usina del Arte, the English Tower, the Floralis Generica sculpture, the Carta Monument Magna and the emblematic Obelisk. In turn, an emotional cultural meeting will be held at the Kirchner Cultural Center (CCK), former headquarters of the Central Post Office, where the postal issue tribute to Dr. René G. Favaloro will be presented.

It will be a day full of meaning and emotions, led by Teté Coustarot and the outstanding presence of Dr. Liliana Favaloro, niece of Dr. René G. Favaloro, who will give a moving speech in honor of his legacy and will share valuable reflections on the importance of social medicine in our society.

The meeting will have the participation of the renowned historian Felipe Pigna, who will read a fragment of the book written by René G. Favaloro, “Recuerdos de un médico rural”, a work that recalls and recounts different real events and stories that Dr. Favaloro loved. he had to live The book originally published in 1980 and now once again available in bookstores across the country. The work portrays in the first person the work of Favaloro in Jacinto Aráuz, a small town in La Pampa located 178 kilometers southeast of Santa Rosa, on the border with the Province of Buenos Aires. The doctor’s passage through that inhospitable town marked both his life and that of the place.


Favaloro arrived in that area of ​​La Pampa in May 1950, after receiving a letter from an uncle who lived in that area explaining that the only doctor who attended the town, Dr. Dardo Rachou Vega, was sick and needed to travel to Buenos Aires. Aires for his treatment: for this reason, he asked him to replace him, even if it wasn’t for two or three months.

The decision to leave his native La Plata was not easy, but the time he was going to spend in Jacinto Aráuz was not too long: things changed and his affection for rural medicine and the affection he received from the population made him spend 12 years there , which defined him both in his professional and personal life. That time as a rural doctor in that pampas town was what most marked his vocation for the health of the patient.

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In 1980, the prestigious doctor published “Memories of a rural doctor”, his first autobiographical book. In this work, which is now reissued within the framework of the centenary of his birth, Favaloro reflected on his own experience and the practice of medicine in some neglected areas of the country, while warning about the future of the public practice of health and a certain decline in the training of new doctors.

This reissue, by Editorial Sudamericana, consists of a new cover design and a prologue made by the Favaloro Foundation.


That small town in the Pampas did not forget Favaloro’s passage there and, despite the fact that it is still a sparsely populated place, the figure of the prominent doctor still lives in its streets: murals, monuments and the “Historical Museum of the Rural Doctor Dr. René Favaloro” are the tribute of Jacinto Aráuz.

In the museum, set up in the former railway station, where Favaloro arrived in May 1950, you can see the desk and chair that the doctor used in his first visits to the pampas town, as well as some of his personal objects.

The former railway station is the starting point of the tourist circuit “In the footsteps of the rural doctor”, which includes stops such as the Medical Surgical Clinic, the first institution founded by Favaloro; the house of Dr. Dardo Rachou Vega, where the first office of the outstanding doctor was installed; the Juan Munuce Pharmacy, an apothecary and biochemist who founded the first living blood bank together with the rural doctor; and his first own home, among other places.



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