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Jose Gregorio Hernandez

Jose Gregorio Hernandez [er-NAHN-des] was a Venezuelan physician. Born in Isnotu, Trujillo State, Venezuela, he went on to reach legendary status, more so after his death.

In 1888 Hernandez graduated as a medical doctor in the Universidad Central de Venezuela, in Caracas. The Venezuelan government awarded him a grant to continue his studies in Europe. Hernandez traveled to Paris, France, where he studied other fields of medicine such as bacteriology, pathology, microbiology and histology, and philology. Following his return to Venezuela, he became a leading doctor at the Hospital Jose Maria Vargas.

Between 1891 and 1916, Hernandez dedicated himself to teaching, medicine, and religious practice. He sought priesthood on two occasions, but his fragile physical conditions would ultimately prevent him from achieving that status. He studied at the Monastery of Lucca in Italy for ten months in 1908. In 1913, he enrolled at the Latin American Pio School of Rome to continue the priestly career, but had to return to Venezuela for health reasons. Among the scientific publications of this famous Venezuelan are The Elements of Bacteriology (1906), About the Angina Pectoris of Malaric Origin (1909) and The Elements of Philosophy (1912).

Related websites

Jose Gregorio Hernandez - future Saint of Venezuela

Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez, with English-language prayer for healing

La Pagina Del Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez, in Spanish

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