Francisco de Asis Flores y Troncoso and his influence in the History of Medicine in Mexico

  • Mercedes Alanís Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo
  • Luis Enrique Soria Jasso Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo
Keywords: history of medicine, positivism, francisco de asís flores y troncoso


In the nineteenth century; The Bronze Age, monumental works were produced and the national history was characterized by movements of many writers who were trying to span the general history of Mexico with different topics according to the trends of contemporary authors and events. However, there were individuals interested in preserving the historical records of their country from the perspective of their own field of study. For example, the extensive literary work; History of Medicine in Mexico: Since the days of native population until the present time written by Francisco de Asís Flores y Troncoso and printed in 1886; despite of its significance, this literary work has been largely unnoticed by historiography, however, it is an excellent reference for any student of history of medicine. 


[1] Francisco de Asís Flores y Troncoso, Historia de la Medicina en México. Desde la época de los indios hasta el presente, III tomos, pról. De Porfirio Parra, México, Oficina tipográfica de la Secretaría de Fomento, 1886, tomo I, p. Xl.

[2] Germán Somolinos D´Ardois, Historia y Medicina. Figuras y hechos de la Historiografía médica mexicana, México, Imprenta Universitaria, 1957, 160 pp., ils., (Cultura Mexicana, 18), p. 89.

[3] Diccionario Porrúa. Historia, biografía y geografía de México, México, editorial Porrúa, 6ª edición, 1995, vol, 2, pp. 1316-1317.

[4] Porfirio Parra, “Prólogo” en Flores y Troncoso, Francisco, op. cit., p. LIX.

[5] Ibid., p. XLIII.