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The history of the protomedical center of Buenos Aires is of interest in relation to the development of medicine in Argentina. Dr. Beltrán's book on the subject is an exposé of printed or photographic authentic copies of historical documents which show the actual conditions of medicine in Argentina during the Spanish colonial period and its development up to the establishment of the University of Buenos Aires. Originally the protomedical center was the board of Spanish physicians who were in charge of the health and sanitary problems of the Spanish colonies, including teaching, examination and license of candidates to practice in the colonies. These problems in Argentina were under the control of the board of Lima. The protomedical board and center of Buenos Aires was established in 1778 by the viceroy Vertiz at the request of the Spanish physicians Miguel Gorman and Augustin Eusebio Fabre. It developed later on with the
Historia del protomedicato de Buenos Aires. JAMA. 1938;111(17):1590. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790430074033