Noel Nutels

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Noel Nutels (1913-1973) was a Brazilian physician who dedicated his life to the well-being of Brazilian Amerindians.

He was born in Ukraine in 1913 and immigrated to Pernambuco in Brazil as a youngster. He qualified in medicine in Recife in 1936 and specialized in public health.

In the 1940s he joined the Indian Service and from then on he dedicated his life to the aboriginal cause, becoming a champion of Indian rights.

He has been honored in many ways and is considered one of the fathers of the Brazilian Public Health.[citation needed]