The legacy of Oswaldo Cruz

June 2017

Oswaldo Cruz (1872-1917).

In the editor’s note  of the current issue of HCS-Manguinhos (vol.24 no.2 Apr./Jun. 2017), André Felipe Cândido da Silva and Marcos Cueto reflect on the hundredth anniversary of the death of Oswaldo Cruz, the renowned Brazilian scientist and founder of the institutional complex that today bears his name.

Oswaldo Cruz  designed a dynamic center for constant innovation – Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) -, capable of solving public health issues. He also hired young researchers to work in well-equipped working conditions and set up an advanced research and production infrastructure.

André Felipe Cândido da Silva and Marcos Cueto, scientific editors of HCS-Manguinhos.


“The irony that the centennial coincided with the threat of the resurgence of yellow fever did not go unnoticed by the media, as it was precisely the disease that Oswaldo Cruz managed to bring under control in 1907 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where it had been an endemic menace”, the letter said.

However, the editors point to some differences between the health campaign of Oswaldo Cruz and the current efforts against the yellow fever. According to them, the clarity of guidelines adopted at that time contrast with the dissonances that nowadays involve the media and national and international health agencies, such as the World Health Organization.

Read the latest issue of Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos (vol.24 no.2 Rio de Janeiro Apr./Jun. 2017).





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