Alejo Lascano Bahamonde

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Alejo Lascano Bahamonde (July 17, 1840– December 3, 1904) was an Ecuadorian doctor-surgeon. He graduated on July 17, 1864 at the Sorbonne of Paris Medical School under professor Geienau de Mussy 1 Feb 1857 • Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France. Alejo Lascano brought the first forceps to Ecuador and founded the Medicine Faculty in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Early years[edit]

Alejo Lascano was born in Jipijapa, Manabí, Ecuador, the legitimate son of Jose Francisco Lascano, an exporting retailer of straw hats, and Josefa Bahamonde Gracés. Both were wealthy Guayaquileños. Alejo left Guayaquil on February 1, 1857 and entered the Medicine School of Paris, considered the first scientific center of the world, studying with professor Geienau de Mussy.

After finishing school in the Lauguier Clinic of Paris, he obtained the Doctorate of Medicine and Surgery on July 17, 1864 and his thesis was received highly favourably by Professor Jacoub.

Back in Ecuador[edit]

Lascano was 24 years of age when he returned to his mother country. In Guayaquil a medicine faculty still did not exist. In 1867 he founded and organized the Facultad de Medicina del Guayas. He was so popular with customers that he became the first doctor of the city. For that reason in 1869, García Moreno appointed Lascano Doctor for Life of the Hospital Civil de Guayaquil.

Final years[edit]

He was a connoisseur of therapeutic, chemical pharmacology and biology, as well as in botany. Lascano had a slow cancer to the stomach. On December 3, 1904 he entered agony at seven at night and died at nine, at the age of 64. Lascano's body rests in a sumptuous mausoleum in the General Cemetery of Guayaquil.

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