Biography of Manuel Francisco Aguirre Araya (1857-1924)

Medical and Chilean military, born in Pocuro, los Andes Department, in 1857 and died also in the Andes in 1924.

And son of Juan of God Aguirre fields Carolina Araya Arancibia, entered in the school of Medicine of the University of Chile, and in 1879, without even having completed his studies, he/she joined the Navy. The early years of his career were at the heart of the armed forces; Thus, he/she took an active part during the Pacific war as a surgeon, first in the "Magallanes" boat, and later the "Cochrane", and was also present at the battles of Chipana and Angamos. In 1880, now with the title of surgeon, he/she participated in the battles of Chorrillos and Miraflores and the occupation of Lima.

At the end of the war he/she went to France to continue their training; in this country he/she remained for several years, in the course of which he/she worked in several medical institutions of the French capital, such as the Necker Hospital, San Luis and at the clinic's women's Hospice San Lazaro. His solid intellectual training made him be elected delegate to the International Congress of medicine, which was held in Copenhagen, concluded that returned to Chile and settled definitively in Santiago. It was commissioned from the direction of the Lazaretto during the cholera that struck Santiago in 1886, and when, the following year, escalated the epidemic, was the tenth section, established in the General Headquarters of the fire.

That year of 1886 was appointed Professor of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Santiago and, three years later, Professor of Sifilography and Genitourinary diseases. He/She held his chair not only with students, but also from the many articles published in the press. Appointed surgeon of the Department of Naval health, took an active part in the political events that shook the country; Thus, he/she joined the ranks of those who were opposed to the Balmaceda regime during the revolution of 1891. Already tired of public life, he/she gradually retired from politics and retired to live in the Andes, where surprised by the death on July 29, 1924.