Transcript from the Ennis Chronicle, 28 Nov 1807

Dr Michael O’Gorman attended British wounded

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Dr Michael O’Gorman
The last London papers state, that “the troops made prisoners in Buenos Ayres, who have returned to England, relate that the finest feelings of humanity were shown by many of the inhabitants towards them, particularly the ecclesiastics. The influence of the Bishops was very serviceable to all, and Dr. O’Gorman was extremely attentive”.

Dr. O’Gorman, whose humanity and benevolence were so nobly exercised to the sick and wounded of our army at Buenos Ayres, is a native of this County. He left his own country young, and settled in Spanish America, where he was promoted to the rank of State physician, the first place in the medical department, and one of high consideration.

A long residence in this sequestered part of the world did not render him unpractised in all the generous qualities of an Irishman—he is in the highest estimation with persons of all ranks in the Spanish part of South America, for his manliness and virtue. When his countrymen wanted the offices of humanity, every man found a friend in Dr. O’Gorman, whose munificence could not be exceeded by any thing but his charity and philanthrophy.

(cutting contributed by Declan Barron)

Born in Ennis, Co. Clare, either in 1736 or 1749.
Died in Buenos Aires on 20 January 1819.
Considered to be the father of Argentine medicine.

In contrast to the above report:

"Su salud era delicada y sufría de frecuentes ataques de reumatismo, lo que le impidió asistir enfermos durante las invasiones inglesas".
His health was delicate and he suffered from frequent bouts of rheumatism that prevented him treating the sick during the time of the English invasions.
Hanon, Maxine Diccionario de Británicos en Buenos Aires (Primera Época), Buenos Aires, 2005, pp. 642-3

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