Professor Bernardo Alberto Houssay MD (1887-1971), Argentine physiologist and Nobel Laureate.

Article in Journal of Medical Biography, volume 12 (2004), 71-76. Paper by Dr Barbara J Hawgood


Professor Bernardo A Houssay, Director of the Institute of Physiology, University of Buenos Aires was an outstanding physiologist who created the first school of medical research in Argentina and brought it to world attention. His research covered a wide range of physiological fields, particularly the hormonal control metabolism and arterial hypertension. Houssay was dismissed from the University during the Perón era, but was able to found and direct the Institute of Biology Experimental Medicine in Buenos Aires. Prof Houssay was joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1947 for his discovery of the role of anterior pituitary in carbohydrate metabolism.

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