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Ramon Allende Padin

Ramon Allende Padin , nicknamed El Rojo ("The Red"), was a Chilean physician and political figure. The author of several important scientific publications, he also headed the Chilean Army's medical services during the War of the Pacific. Ramon Allende was of Basque descent.

The son of Jose Gregorio Allende Garces and Salome Padin Ruiz, Allende was born in Valparaiso. He studied at the Liceo de Valparaiso and the Instituto Nacional before graduating, on 20 June 1865, from the Universidad de Chile as a physician specializing in obstetrics and surgery. He was an assistant professor of the School of Medicine, becoming a full professor in November 1865.

On 24 April 1869 Allende married Eugenia Castro del Fierro, with whom he had three sons: Ramon, Tomas and Salvador. In 1870 he became the Chief Doctor of Valparaiso's emergency public hospital, the Hospital de Sanidad. He also worked with Professor Wenceslao Diaz and at the San Borja and San Vicente de Paul hospitals. In 1875 President Federico Errazuriz Zanartu appointed him to the Public Welfare Committee, charged with a reforming brief. Allende joined the Radical Party and was in 1876 elected as deputy for Santiago. He was reelected in 1879, this time for Copiapo and Caldera. He also served from 8 December 1879 to 1 November 1880 as chairman of the Council on Public Hygiene.

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Chilean Library of Congress biography

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