Completed preparatory studies, he joined the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia, by which he obtained his doctorate in 1857.
As a student, while studying the second year doctor, was a founder of the Abolitionist Society Second of July, and later, president of the Patriotic Society of Seven in September.
After the academic apprenticeship, he kept the clinic and, shortly thereafter, embraced his political career by being elected four times a deputy to the Provincial Assembly and the General Assembly (1879-1881).
Opposition was by tender of the Section of Medical Sciences (1873). Then, also by tender (1883), Lens of Medicine.
Highlight of his stout bibliography, and three papers, numerous articles, speeches and reports, as well as his "Lessons of Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics," published in 1888.
He belonged to the Council of the Emperor Dom Pedro II, was a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, Rome, and has received numerous titles and honors
Was part of the Geographic and Historical Institute of Bahia and several other cultural and scientific institutions.
In 1884, he was President of the Province of São Paulo and, later, Bahia (twice).
Proclaimed a republic, was elected State Senator and Mayor of Salvador (1893-1895).
"Tireless abolitionist, a great reputation clinical professor of exceptional merit, politician of national projection was well Adviser Almeida Couto one of the greatest figures of the country in its time" (3).
"Physician and politician, Almeida Couto was one of the most brilliant of his time. Superior mind, heart for good, Almeida Couto was also sincere abolitionist "(2).
1. Freire de Carvalho, José Eduardo - News History of the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia. Salvador, 1909.
2. Loureiro de Souza, Antonio - Baianos Distinguished (1564-1925). Salvador, 1973.
3. Sá Oliveira, Eduardo - Historical Memory of the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia, concerning the year 1942. Salvador, 1992.