Thursday 28 November 2013
Medicine and the Spanish Civil War: The Story of Moisès Broggi, legendary Catalan surgeon
Screening of the documentary Dr. Moises Broggi: ciencia ética. Dir. Marta Batlle. Spain, 2010, 50 min. In Catalan with English subtitles, presented by Lorena Cervera Ferrer (freelance filmmaker, Assistant Director of the film)
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Cañada Blanch Seminar Room COW1.1
Moisés Broggi (1908-2012) was renowned not only for his remarkable skill and dedication as a surgeon but also for his great humanity. During the Spanish Civil War, he served with the medical services of the International Brigades and was responsible for major advances in the surgery of wounds, blood banks and mobile field hospitals. After the war, the Franco regime prohibited him from holding any position in public health services. He was obliged to work in private practice, becoming one of the most prestigious surgeons in Catalonia. Throughout a long and distinguished career, he practiced his profession privately until over eighty years of age, receiving many awards that acknowledge both his achievements as a surgeon and his ethical and social commitment.
Lorena Cervera Ferrer.