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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

versión On-line ISSN 2014-9840versión impresa ISSN 2014-9832


FERNANDEZ-GUERRERO, Inés M; FERNANDEZ-GUERRERO, Cristina  y  FERNANDEZ-CANO, Antonio. A pioneer of medical education in Spain: Francesc Salvà i Campillo. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2020, vol.23, n.6, pp.307-309.  Epub 18-Ene-2021. ISSN 2014-9840.

Looking for background and pioneers of medical education in Spain, the figure and work of the Catalonian doctor and teacher Francesc Salvà i Campillo (1751-1828) is recovered, through a historiographical review of books on teaching of medicine, but no textbooks nor specialized monographs, written by Salvà, a multifaceted and enlightened character. The author's pedagogical conceptions about the ‘teaching of the art of healing' based on case studies are shown. His writings as essays show great concern for the improvement of the teaching of medicine in Catalonia and in the rest of Spain. In addition, they are of a pleasant reading on aspects that still concern high-date issues today: the financing of medical studies, the practical approach to teaching and the importance of hygiene for improving the living conditions of a proletariat from the industrial sector then emerging in Catalonia. Francesc Salvà i Campillo may well be considered the forerunner of Spanish medical education with an undoubted subsequent influence throughout the 19th century.

Palabras clave : Francesc Salvà i Campillo; Historiographical study; History of medicine; Medical pedagogy; Spain.

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