The Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities brings together the entire fields of literature along with the fields of legislation, jurisprudence, economics, sociology and political science.
The main mission of the Academy is to serve as a platform for the regional development of academic opinion on matters that may be of interest and to contribute to cultural dissemination and public research, with special devotion to integrating people from all regions and, thus, reaching all of them. It also tries to cooperate with the community council government on what may concern them. All this with respect and cooperation with institutions similar to local academies that have been working hard for many years, as well as regional study institutes.
Javier Sanz is grateful for this appointment, “an honor that perhaps he does not deserve,” he says with his usual modesty, while publicly expressing his commitment to the Foundation, “in all those tasks you entrust me with.”
Culture Advisor Ana Blasco congratulates Javier Sanz on his appointment. “Sigüenza is proud to have someone with his scientific and literary career who also cooperates with his city in everything that is required of him,” Blasco says.
Javier Sanz is a native of Siguenza and a Seguntino practitioner. He completed his high school studies at Sagrada Familia Episcopal School before studying medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid. Sanz is Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, Doctor of Dentistry, and Doctor of History from this university.
In March 2011, he was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine, and on the basis of his countless works on the history of this science, he was recognized as one of its greatest current exponents. For the same reason, in 2016 he was elected full academician of the institution, from which he currently transmits his knowledge and collaborates in the creation of the National Museum of Medicine, occupying Chair No. 34.
He is the author of more than one hundred scholarly articles, numerous presentations and communications at national and international conferences on the history of medicine, dentistry, and science, and fifty books, including several relating to the history and science of the history of medicine in his birthplace.
His latest book, recently presented at the Royal National Academy of Medicine, is titled “The Academics of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain,” in its first volume, corresponding to the eighteenth century. Published by AACHE Ediciones Publishing. Javier plans to continue on the same path in the following years.
As Javier Sanz himself says at the beginning of his text, “In the end, it is not the life of institutions, but the work of their members.” On July 12, 1733, six individuals (doctors, botanists, pharmacists, surgeons, chemists, and scientists of various kinds) met in Madrid, at the home of the pharmacist José Ortega, and agreed to create a “matriarchal” society that would soon become “national.”
It was a “Literary Collective of Medicine, Chemistry and Physics” in which, initially, a series of people from Madrid participated who soon became an academy, and developed rules that allowed them to add other individuals, both from Madrid and from other cities in Spain, to the tasks of analyzing The state of medicine in its regions, reaching, throughout the Bourbon century, until the eighteenth century of the Age of Enlightenment, a good nucleus (more than 200) of academics, in which Spaniards appeared, as in number, and many foreigners, as corresponding.
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