Author: Sara Repolho
Digital ISBN: 978-989-26-0473-2
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Date: September 2008
Price: 8,40 €
Size: 240 mm x 170 mm
N.º Pages: 127
José Tomás de Sousa Martins, born in 1843 in Alhandra (Vila Franca de Xira), made his mark upon medicine and Portuguese society in the second half of the 19th century. A doctor and professor of medicine, brilliant speaker, and man of boundless energy who tirelessly engaged in charitable works amongst the less fortunate, he exerted a powerful influence on his professional colleagues, students and patients which extended beyond the bounds of time. Sousa Martins is today something of a cult figure, a secular saint, as can be seen in the Campo dos Mártires in Lisbon where there is a statue to him and in the cemetery of Alhandra where he is buried.
This work analyses the different dimensions of Sousa Martins’ activities as doctor and ‘saint’, and the cult that has grown up around him.