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A man who should be much better known to American medical historians than he is is Dr. Francisco Guerra. He is a Spaniard who was born into a family of great wealth. His father owned very valuable mines in South America and beautiful properties in the picturesque north of Spain, around Santander, on the Bay of Biscay. For some time Dr. Guerra taught pharmacology in the University of Mexico, where he wrote in Spanish a big textbook on the subject. Always, however, he was much interested in the history of medicine, and soon he started collecting all of the earliest books written by Spanish physicians in the New World, after the conquest of Mexico and Peru. Eventually, Dr. Guerra had some three shelves full of ancient books, one of them the first medical book published on this side of the Atlantic. Today these priceless prachment-covered yellow volumes are in the
Alvarez WC. American Medical Bibliography 1639-1783. Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(6):915–916. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280120115040
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