Friday, March 11, 2011



Born in the city of Laranjeiras, Sergipe, October 7, 1925. Completed the medical course in 1949, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bahia.
They were classmates: Adelmo Mauritius Botto de Barros, Carlos Aristides Maltez, Fernando Visco Didier, Ferreira Bezerra Heriberto, Huga da Silva Maia, José Antonio Fernandez Cardilho, Luiz Fernando Seixas de Macedo Costa, Maria da Piedade Pinto de Mello e Silva, Norival Sampaio de Souza, Paulo Américo Oliveira and Roberto Figueira Santos. Heriberto Ferreira Bezerra was the first Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.
Roberto Figueira Santos, and other positions of great importance, was Minister of Health, Governor of Bahia and Federeal Rector of the University of Bahia. The others were teachers of the Faculty (3).
Reveals in his Memorial that "fought to get permission to study medicine and that in his class women were forbidden to have access to the lessons of the male anatomy" (1).
He started in the second year medical training with Prof. Put Adriano, Professor of Clinical Medicine. Upon reaching the fourth year of medicine was allowed to guide students. Soon after he graduated, became assistant professor.
Initially, Anita Franco devoted himself to Cardiology. Then went to the study of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases.
He trained at the Hospital of the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, when he finished his doctoral thesis entitled "Sheeham Syndrome: Post-partum necrosis of the pituitary gland."
In the period 1956-1957 he specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at the Michigan University Hospital, "one of the first Brazilian to make medical graduate abroad" (ibid.).
In 1965 he was founder and first president of the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Regional da Bahia.
Created the Diabetes Clinic at the Hospital das Clinicas, Federal University of Bahia, which, after some time, had a multidisciplinary team composed of nutritionist, nurse and social worker.
In his professional activities has always considered the patient in his physical appearance, mental and social accurate as far as possible, the doctor-patient relationship.
His religious conviction was solid and unwavering. For her God was in every thing and every individual (1).
Also focused Geriatrics, becoming one of the largest endocrinologists and geriatricians in Brazil.
Famous and highly crowded were the seminars that performed after his retirement, a retreat house in San Francisco, sprout in the district in Salvador.
 "The physical presence of Anita and her spirit were felt wherever he went. He had the gift of communication and speech, keen intelligence, extreme sensitivity, prodigious memory, has never been shy to confront established concepts. Dynamic, entrepreneurial, innovative, supportive, charismatic, these qualities that have always characterized his striking personality. Charmed everyone in his lectures for his enthusiasm, determination, optimism and joie de vivre "(ibid.).
He died on Christmas Eve 2003, leaving a dismayed crowd of friends, colleagues, customers and admirers.


1 - Araújo, Leila-Guiomar Anita Franco Teixeira (obituary). Available in guiomar + + + fr anco teixeira & btnG = Google + Search & lr =% metea 3Dlang_pt. Accessed January 7, 2009.
2 - Guiomar Franco, Anita, Adriano de Azevedo Pond, in honor of his students centenary of his birth. Specialty Color Graphics Press Ltda. Salvador, 2001.
3 - Tavares-Neto, José - Graduates from 1812 to 2008, Faculty of Medicine of Bahia. Feira de Santana, 2008.

Anita Franco, Assistant Professor. Adriano Azevedo Pondé with it developed over many years, numerous projects of interest to the tropical diseases, including among these, on the transmission of Chagas disease by blood transfusion.
On this subject reveals Anita Franco: "The danger of contaminated blood to be another possible diagnosis of Chagas disease, began to be subject of our conversations. The hospitalization of a patient who came to the emergency room, where he received blood from donors and more than 8 had acute renal failure, aroused our attention. After his recovery, it emerged fever that lasted for more than 42 days, and re-admitted by Prof.. Ponde, with a strong suspicion that it was an acute case of Chagas disease, post transfusion. The fact was disclosed among Brazilian scientists.
This led Mr Silvio Monção researching how long lived in the trypanosome-infected blood and refrigerator: over 21 days.
The research result has caused great impact on blood transfusion service. Became, from then on, a requirement to search through each donor in the presence of trypanosomes and the reaction of complement fixation. The positive blood stored, was immediately discarded, and the donor was invited to attend the Social Services where he was informed and made aware to undergo clinical evaluation specialist.
We believe it was a big step toward reducing blood transmission of Chagas disease, however, how many donors "aaparentemente healthy" were examined and diagnosed only? and left without receiving any guidance on the continuity of the service visits, so that any new knowledge will be offered. In a few patients was used in high dose penicillin and drugs in experience (Roche AT-2?), Whose use also showed no benefit.
Other studies in Ribeirão Preto physician Bahia Pedreira de Freitas found that the addition of a solution of methylene blue in blood taken, could destroy the trypanosome. The exchange of information was in two ways.
With all this knowledge that stemmed from curiosity, tenacity and boldness of Professor. Adriano Ponde, had we, his students and assistants, the opportunity of being able to think big and dream about the resolution of certain health problems that leave us still tied as part of the third world.
It takes guts and enthusiasm for life, in order to go beyond what seems to us any necessary. Enthusiast for life, Professor. Pondé went beyond the expected. He taught us the order, organization, sense of team, compassion, responsibility”

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