Born in Salvador, on March 31, 1784, and his parents Joseph Lino dos Santos, a Portuguese resident in Salvador and Rosa Luisa Coutinho.
Conducted studies in humanities, he went to Portugal, joining the University of Coimbra, where he received the degree.
Completed medical school, traveled to France and England, where he honed his knowledge.
Returning to Brazil, he settled in his homeland, where he held the clinic and took a prominent part in the struggle for independence from Brazil.
Appointed member of the Provincial Board, was elected in 1821, deputy to the Portuguese court.
After the victory of the Brazilian forces, was elected to the first two legislatures, making himself an opponent of Emperor Peter I.
With the abdication of our first monarch, was minister of the Empire during the short period of six months.
On October 4, 1825, Lens took over as owner of the chair of Pathology foreign.
From 1926 to 1829, was elected General, when it had outstanding performance.
Of his own is the project on the organization of medical education, a project that proposed to create a more medical schools, in addition to existing in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. The new college would be the Maranhao. In the three colleges would work courses in Pharmacy, Medicine and Surgery and the duration, respectively, three, six and four years.
In 1828, he presented a public health project.
In 1829, he assumed the chair and the following year was elected Member, and remained from 1830 to 1833.
In 1833 he was elected a Director effective First Faculty of Medicine of Bahia, where he remained until the year 1836 (year of his death).
He was a poet, leaving stout collection of inspirational poetry.
According to Sá Oliveira, "was Dr. Linus worship a teacher, clinician humanitarian, political model, Tribune dazzling, statesmanship hardworking, progressive administrator, writer and journalist intrepid fecund" (3). And further: "Throughout his life, has proved an upright character and a sincere modesty" (ibid.).
Knight of the Order of Christ, Counsellor of the Emperor, a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Lisbon and an honorary doctor of the Imperial Chamber, Jose Lino Coutinho figure as one of the most important figures in Brazilian medicine.
Of its authorship are numerous scientific papers, which highlight "catarrhal disorders by Cabanis" (1816), "Medical Topography of Bahia" (1832), "Collection of key facts in the history of epidemic cholera-morbus" (1833) and "Memory on the natural waters of Bahia. "
Anthony Pacific says Pereira: "Besides being a great physician, philosopher and scholar Lino Coutinho profound moralist. His "Letters on education Cora" followed by a "Catechism of moral, political and religious, are a model of spiritual culture, dedicated to his daughter by the illustrious man who was the mentor of the Faculty of Medicine in its infancy" (2 )
1. Loureiro de Souza, Antonio. Distinguished Bahia. Salvador, 1973.
2. Pacific Pereira, Antonio - Memory of Medicine in Bahia.
3. Sá Oliveira, Eduardo - Historical Memory of the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia, concerning the year 1942. Salvador, 1992.