Completed the initial studies, performed in Santa Barbara, moved to Salvador, where he enrolled at the Gymnasium San Salvador. The preparations were completed at the Lyceum Alagoas in Maceió.
In 1904, he joined the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia, in which pasted the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1909.
He began his career in land area, traveling on horseback to visit his clients.
Then, at the invitation of Professor Valadares Prado, returned to Salvador, where, over time, brought together numerous clinical, thanks to the medical act, based on "accurate identification of the client and conducted a good history, thorough physical examination followed, all recorded in book, as it turns out notary public, and often carry microscopic examination of urine "(1).
Agnostic, he converted to Catholicism, thanks to Father Luiz Gonzaga Cabral.
Devout Catholic, was the physician of seminarians, priests, nuns, monks and himself Archbishop Primate, Bishop Alvaro Augusto da Silva.
With his confessor, dialogues in Latin.
Among his famous clients, we highlight Ruy Barbosa, who was faithful admirer, accompanying him on his campaign for presidential candidate of Brazil.
In 1915, he became Lecturer-Free Therapy Clinic. In 1918, substitute professor of Pharmacology. In 1919, Professor of Pharmacology (later transferred to the chair of Therapy Clinic).
In his numerous publications, highlight "medical popular language in Brazil," published in 1970.
Language purist, a lover of literature and art, possessing enviable culture generally provided at the request of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, valuable contribution to the "Spelling Dictionary of the Portuguese Language."
Belonged to the National Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Medicine of Bahia (where he was president) and numerous other institutions.
He fought for the completion of the works of the Hospital das Clinicas, so much so that one day he knocked on the doors of the State Government in order to request resources for the completion of works. "At its output the highest authority commented to one of his immediate aides:" This is the first time this teacher, in all respects, worthy of our respect, climbs the stairs of a palace to demand and does not own benefit but on behalf of your institution "(ibid.).
Sá Menezes said: "Clinico the Miguel Couto - who was a friend and admirer - Valadares de Prado beloved disciple - who was inside and assistant - lined with all the virtues proper to the ministry more clinical. Virtues that gathered a great scientific culture, accompanied by this vast knowledge, which made a perfect humanist, global vision and deep "(4).
He died in 1973, eighty-six years old.
After his death, was called by the family, which announced that the library's illustrious master had been donated to the State University of Feira de Santana.
1. Barros, Nelson - Fernando José de São Paulo. Annals Academy of Medicine of Bahia, Volume IX, September 1993.
2. Fernandes, Lelia - Men who made history. Feira de Santana, 2004.
3. Lacaz, Carlos Silva-Shades of Brazilian Medicine. São Paulo, 1966.
4. Sá Menezes, Jayme - In the Path of History and Arts. Salvador, 1994.
5. Tavares Neto, José-1812-2008 Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia. Feira de Santana, 2008.