Person - Goyanes Capdevila, José (1876-1964)

Goyanes Capdevila, José (1876-1964)




Preferred form:

Goyanes Capdevila, José (1876-1964)

Fechas de existencia:

Monforte de Lemos (Lugo, España)  1876-06-16 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife, España)  1964-05-17


José Goyanes Capdevila was born in Monforte (Lugo) on the 16th of June 1876. He completed his secondary school at the high schools of Lugo and La Coruña. He moved to Madrid in 1893 to study Medicine. He graduated in 1900 and received his PhD the following year, when he wrote a thesis about the thyroid's influence on growth and development. The figure that most influenced him was Alejandro San Martín (1847-1908), who instilled him his interest on surgery, especially on the arterial and oncological surgery and on research. He wanted to do his internship in San Carlos, but he was required in San Martín for surgery. He worked as an assistant at the Anatomic Museum and as an assistant professor of surgery at the Faculty. He married María Echegoyen in 1903 and had six children. He obtained a job as a surgeon at the General Hospital of Madrid, a charge that he held for seven years. During this period, his prestige grew rapidly until he became the best surgeon in Madrid. He finally had a very crowded private consultation. The Spanish Crown decided to start a health campaign against cancer. The Príncipe de Asturias Institute was built with care purposes. It had the Reina Victoria Eugenia pavilion for research. Later, they became the National Cancer Institute. The opening took place in 1922 and Goyanes was chosen to be its first chief. One year later, the Spanish League against Cancer was created. He retired in 1935 due to political reasons and was substituted by Pío del Río Hortega. During the Civil War, he stayed in Salamanca, doing war surgery. After that, he returned to Madrid where he continued working until 1945. That same year, he moved to the Canary Islands together with his family. He died in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1964.



Lugar de Nacimiento:

Monforte de Lemos (Lugo, España) in 1876-06-16

Lugar de Defunción:

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife, España) in 1964-05-17

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Family relationships :

Bolívar Pieltain, Cándido (1897-1976)  - Collateral (Es suegro/a de)

Goyanes Echegoyen, Amelia (1905-1998)  - Progenitor (Es padre de)

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