I. Juvara (1913-1996), a surgeon for all seasonsI. Juvara (1913-1996), a surgeon for all seasons
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Acta chirurgica Belgica. - Brussel, 1946 - 1996
115(2015):2, p. 170-174
University of Antwerp
Ion Juvara is a creator of a genuine Romanian school of surgery. If I. Juvara had lived and worked in a country that had been the proud owner of a Pantheon, undoubtedly he would have rested there to the end of time, among the eternal ones i.e. those who triumphed against time and who had never been defeated. If the first generation of Romanian surgeons represented mainly by Thoma Ionesco (1860-1926) was educated mainly abroad, the next generation was trained professionally at the Romanian school of surgery. Despite of the hostile period he lived in, I. Juvara kept intact his freedom of thinking and opposed with all his powers abuses of any kind, always preserving his integrity, avoiding with elegance the traps of the totalitarian regime. But even so nobody can state that the professor, who came from Moldavia, as his master, N. Hortolomei, could not say at the end of his life that he hadn't had a fulfilled professional life, as he is considered even today the greatest surgeon of Romania in the latter half of the 20th century. He was, after all, a surgeon for all seasons.