INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CHAGAS DISEASE

The trunk of memories

Dr. Salvador Mazza (Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 6, 1886 - Monterrey, Mexico, November 9, 1946) was an Argentine sanitarist and bacteriologist, who stood out for having spent most of his life studying and fighting against american trypanosomiasis (Chagas-Mazza’ disease) and other endemic diseases. He completed the studies of Carlos Chagas on the etiological agent (Trypanosoma cruzi) and on the vector of the disease, vinchuca (Triatoma infestans), besides perfecting the treatment of it.
The “Mission of Studies of Regional Pathology in Argentina” (MEPRA) was founded by the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in 1926 and settled in the province of Jujuy on August 25, 1929; 551 publications were written, 482 made by Salvador Mazza.
During 20 years, the MEPRA was the most important scientific center of the Argentine Republic, until in 1946 it was transferred to Buenos Aires, being the same year of the death of its founder; these two historical events were harmful to the institution, which was later conducted without the dynamics of Don Salvador until his disappearance in 1959.

In the headquarters of the MEPRA, a leather trunk was found, full of old photographs, more than 4,800 in which it was glimpsed, the work of Don Salvador during his tireless work in the Argentine north; this trunk of memories was rescued, sorted, classified and later digitized by the National University of Jujuy (UNJu) and deposited under the custody of the Historical Archive of the Province of Jujuy.

Keywords: Chagas’ Disease; Salvador Mazza; Mission of Studies of Regional Pathology in Argentina; MEPRA; Trypanosoma cruzi; Triatoma infestans; Vinchuca