Fernando Jiménez Herrero

Pseudonym: Mariñán
Category: Geriatrician
Birth Date: 14th July 1924 (†29th March 2007)
Birth Place: Noreña (Asturias)

He took a doctor's degree in Medicine and specialised in Geriatrics. He taught Geriatrics in the doctoral courses in the Faculties of Medicine at Santiago de Compostela University and 'Complutense' University (Madrid) and two university MAs in Barcelona and Salamanca. He taught Geriatrics at the University College (Santiago) and the College of 'Juan Canalejo' Hospital (A Coruña). He became a member of the Galician Academy of Medicine in 1973 and has been secretary for life since 1992. He was the head of the Geriatrics Service at the Red Cross in A Coruña (1972-98) and president of the Latin American Societies of Gerontology (Sao Paolo, Brazil, 1986) and the Second European conference on Gerontology (Madrid, 1991). He was also the editor of the magazine 'Revista Española de Geriatría'.

 Work & Activities

He published many books about his speciality such as Iniciación a la Geriatría (1981), Gerontología 1992 (1993) and Salud Pública y envejecimiento (A Coruña, 1999). He also wrote several chapters for books of several authors and about a hundred articles of his speciality in Spanish and foreign medical magazines. He has been collaborating with the newspaper La Voz de Galicia for thirty years, writing about health, social and humanistic matters. He also collaborates as geriatrician with philanthropic associations such as 'Cáritas', 'Padre Rubinos' Home, 'Red Cross', etc. In 1999 he got the distinction 'Médico Paulino del año'. He was also awarded the silver medal of the Red Cross, the national prize of Spanish Writer Doctors (1969) and other prizes and honourable mentions for his books.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He is a member of the Galician Academy of Fine Arts and honourable member of several Latin American Societies of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Nowadays, he practises Psychogeriatrics.