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Portrait details: Painted by Raymond Pitre`, 1994 

Ruzar Briffa

Dermatologist, poet

Born: Valletta, 16/01/1906; died: 22/02/1963. Education: Lyceum; University of Malta; awarded the Strachan Traveling Scholarship to follow postgraduate courses in dermatology and tropical disease at the Institute of Dermatology and St. Thomas Hospital in London and another scholarship to visit the Calcutta School of Tropical Disease and various leper stations in India [1938]. Qualifications: B.Sc. [Malta, 1928]; B.Pharm. [Malta, 1928]; M.D. [Malta, 1931]. Career: Government Health Service: 1932 houseman in skin diseases; 1936-37 assistant medical officer at the Lazzaretto Isolation Hospital; 1938 assistant medical officer in charge of the Department of Skin and sexually-transmitted disease and leprosy control officer; 1944 Visiting Physician to St. Bartholomew Leper Hospital; 1950 appointed senior consultant in skin disease at the Central Hospital, and Chambray Hospital; also nominated honorary skin disease specialist at the Malta War Memorial Hospital for Children. During World War II acted as Medical Superintendent of the Blue Sisters Emergency Hospital. University of Malta: lecturer on dermatology and venerology at the university [1950-63]. Achievements: His medical contributions were in the field of leprosy introducing several medical therapeutic options. His contributions in the literary field included a number of poems in Maltese; co-founded the Ghaqda tal-Malti in 1931 and served as its first president. Guze` Aquilina calls Ruzar Briffa as “the prince of Maltese lyrics”.
References:  P. Cassar: A torch-bearer in the control of Leprosy in Malta. The Sunday Times [of Malta], 26th February 1995, p.59; C. Briffa: Briffa, Ruzar. Maltese Biographies of the twentieth century [eds. Schiavone M.J., Scerri L.J.]. PIN, Malta, 1997, p.93-94.


 
   
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