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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 94, No. s1, 1999, pp. 123-129
Bioline Code: oc99143
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 94, No. s1, 1999, pp. 123-129

 en The Noble Enigma: Chagas' Nominations for the Nobel Prize
Marilia Coutinho; Olival Freire Jr. & João Carlos Pinto Dias

Abstract

Carlos Chagas, a Brazilian physician, discovered the American trypanosomiasis in 1909. Like other remarkable discoveries of those days, his work helped to articulate the insect-vector theory and
other theoretical guidelines in tropical medicine. Unlike all other discoveries, all the stages of this work were accomplished in a few months and by a single man. Chagas' discovery was widely recognized
at home and abroad. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize - in 1913 and in 1921 -, but never received the award. Evidence suggests that the reasons for this failure are related to the violent opposition that Chagas faced in Brazil. The contentions towards Chagas were related to a rejection of the meritocratic procedures that gave him prominence, as well as to local petty politics.

Keywords
Carlos Chagas - history of Brazilian medicine - history of Brazilian science - Chagas disease - Pirajá da Silva

 
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