Still young, he went to Europe, where he attended the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Paris, where he was awarded the title of doctor.
Then he returned to Bahia, being named on September 16, 1833, Lens replacement of the Medical Section of the Medical School of Bahia.
In 1845, after a competition, he was appointed professor Lens of Pharmacy, Materia Medica, especially the Brazilian, Art Therapy and deliver, and remained so until 1854.
From 1854 to 1861, he served as Lens of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
By letter dated October 19, 1858 received the title of advisor to the Emperor Pedro II.
By decree of November 9, 1861 was retired.
Sá Oliveira said that the counselor Souza Old "devoted itself effectively, the teaching of their discipline, having contributed greatly to the organization of their office" (2).
He died on August 15, 1872.
At his death, Dr. José de Góes Sequeira, his former disciple, spoke regarding laudatory speech in which he stated that "no one in medical practice excelled in dignity, no man was more benevolent, and charitable ... Whether in the gilded palaces, or in the humble hut of the poor, he played the character with that profession, as the stresses and ennobles, thus becoming a true representative of the principles and traditions of pure science that symbolizes charity intelligent, which if too much time can not eradicate the disease, yet it is a relief, is a constant comfort, beautiful, and sublime "(1).
1. Garcia Sequeira, José de - Obituary. Gazeta Médica da Bahia, Year VI, Number 122, August 31, 1872. Salvador, 1872.
2. Sá Oliveira, Eduardo - Historical Memory of the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia, Concerning the year 1942. Salvador, 1992.