December 1, 2007


JOSÉ VEROCAY (1876-1928)

Uruguayan pathologist.

He attended the German Medicine School in Austria. In 1904, he was confered the title of Doctor Medicinae Universae.

In Prague (in present-day Czech Republic), Verocay dedicated himself to the study of pathologic anatomy.

In 1906, he was distinguished for his performance in the University of Hamburg (Germany).

He became the head of the Pathologic Anatomy Institute in Austria, when Dr. Hans Chiari – considered the most important pathologist in that country – was transferred to the University of Strasbourg (France).

In 1907, José Verocay developed his fundamental work on nervous pathologies, the discovery of the celular structure and genesis of the tumors characteristic of the Reckhighausen disease, which he named neurinomes, known ever since as "Verocay neurinomes" (or "Verocay nodules").

Verocay’s greatest desire was to come back to Uruguay to apply all the knowledge he had acquired in Europe.

He was honored in a postage stamp (image above) issued in Uruguay in December 18th, 1998, along with other two remarkable Uruguayan physicians, Roberto Caldeyro Barcia and José Duomarco.


Ortiz-Hidalgo C. José Verocay. Neurinomas y cuerpos de Verocay y otras contribuciones a la medicina [José Verocay. Neurinomas and Verocay bodies and other contributions to medicine] [Article in Spanish] Rev Neurol. 2004 Sep 1-15;39(5):487-91.


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