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Félix Martí-Ibáñez
(25 Dec 1911 - 24 May 1972)

Spanish-American physician, psychiatrist and author who practiced psychiatry in Barcelona and lectured about it in Spain as well as on medical history, art and literature. He left after the Spanish Civil War, and lived in Europe and Latin America before settling in the U.S. He continued to lecture, published a medical newsmagazine, MD, and edited illustrated histories of medicine, art, philosophy and science.

Science Quotes by Félix Martí-Ibáñez (4 quotes)

Even as a coin attains its full value when it is spent, so life attains its supreme value when one knows how to forfeit it with grace when the time comes.
— Félix Martí-Ibáñez
In The Crystal Arrow: Essays on Literature, Travel, Art, Love, and the History of Medicine (1964), 436.
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In Amsterdam the water is the mistress and the land the vassal, throughout the city there are as many canals and drawbridges as bracelets on a Gypsy’s bronzed arms.
— Félix Martí-Ibáñez
In The Mirror of Souls, and Other Essays (1966), 335.
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People, houses, streets, animals, flowers—everything in Holland looks as if it were washed and ironed each night in order to glisten immaculately and newly starched the next morning.
— Félix Martí-Ibáñez
In The Mirror of Souls, and Other Essays (1966), 334.
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You have chosen the most fascinating and dynamic profession there is, a profession with the highest potential for greatness, since the physician’s daily work is wrapped up in the subtle web of history. Your labors are linked with those of your colleagues who preceded you in history, and those who are now working all over the world. It is this spiritual unity with our colleagues of all periods and all countries that has made medicine so universal and eternal. For this reason we must study and try to imitate the lives of the “Great Doctors” of history.
— Félix Martí-Ibáñez
epilogue to A Prelude to Medical History
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