Giambattista Fanales

This page lists items in the database related to Italian politician and doctor Giambattista Fanales (b. Caltagirone, Italy, 21 February 1900; d. Caltagirone, Italy, 13 April 1970).

He was Luigi Sturzo's nephew. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Catania in 1924. He was named "doctor of the poor" because he cured his patients without being paid. He used to prescribe them only one medicine often bought by himself and to bring cigarettes and medicines to jailbirds. He considered his profession as a social commitment. Dr. Fanales spent his life going around the city to see his patients. He is remembered for his sensitivity, humanity, his love of neighbor, his willingness to be on the weakest and the most needy's side. His mission was acting in behalf of the poorest.


- Guido Dotto, Giambattista Fanales. Il medico dei poveri e il politico che credeva nell'etica, Terzo millennio editore, Caltanissetta, pagg.159, 2003

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