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Journal of Infectious Diseases & Therapy
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The Non-Award of the Nobel Prize of 1921 to Carlos Chagas: A Tragic Mistake

Reinaldo B Bestetti*
University of Ribeirão Preto, Av. Costabile Romano, 2221. Zip Code: 14096-900. Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Corresponding Author : Reinaldo B Bestetti, MD
University of Ribeirão Preto
Av. Costabile Romano, 2221. Zip Code: 14096-900
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Tel: +55 16 36037013
E-mail: [email protected]
Received June 09, 2015; Accepted June 29, 2015; Published June 30, 2015
Citation: Reinaldo B. Bestetti (2015) The Non-Award of the Nobel Prize of 1921 to Carlos Chagas: A Tragic Mistake. J Infect Dis Ther 3:220. doi: 10.4172/2332-0877.1000220
Copyright: © 2015 Bestetti RB. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Carlos Chagas discovered the disease, which has been named after him (Chagas disease), in 1909. He was indicated to the Nobel Prize in 1912 and in 1921, but never won the Nobel Prize. The non-award of the prize in 1921 strengthened Chagas detractors in Brazil to the point that the disease fallen into oblivion after Chagas’ death in 1934. The socioeconomic importance of this new disease was only recognized many years later, what made that many lives were unnecessarily lost. A posthumous Nobel Prize to Chagas could help to eradicate the disease.

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