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January 1950

Confidências de um investigador científico.

Arch NeurPsych. 1950;63(1):191-193. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310190197022

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Not many scientists have been pumped full of lead, still less lived to tell the tale and end up by winning the Nobel Prize. However, one of the thrilling passages in this large volume of reminiscences deals with the attack of a homicidal maniac and the resulting convalescence from six bullet wounds.

Egas Moniz is a far more extraordinary character than the one he reveals in his memoirs. Born to opulence in a town where his forebears had resided for a millennium, he entered on a medical career and taught neurology for several years at Coimbra before taking the chair at the newly founded faculty of medicine in Lisbon. During and after World War I he switched to statecraft, returning to his university position in 1923, when he was approaching the age of 50. Up to this point it might be said that his life was one of local and

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