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Josep Trueta
Born 1897
Died January 19, 1977
Nationality Spanish
Fields medicine
Institutions University of Oxford

Josep Trueta i Raspall (1897–1977) was a Catalan medical doctor.

As a Catalan nationalist, he was forced into exile to England after the Spanish Civil War, during which he had been the chief of trauma services for the city of Barcelona. During World War II, he helped to organize medical emergency services there. His use of a new plaster cast method for the treatment of open wounds and fractures helped save a great number of lives during the war.

Trueta formed part of a group of Catalans exiled in the United Kingdom who denounced the situation of Catalonia under Franco's regime. He wrote The Spirit of Catalonia, a book aimed at explaining Catalan history to English-speaking society.

He was Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Oxford. He retired in 1966, and returned to Catalonia.

The main hospital of Girona was named in his honour.


  • Pérez, Fariña L A (March 2008). "[Studies on the kidney and the renal circulation, by Josep Trueta i Raspall (1897-1977)]". Actas urologicas españolas (Spain) 32 (3): 276–80. ISSN 0210-4806. PMID 18512383.  
  • Fernández Vázquez, Juan Manuel. "[Mister Josep Trueta]". Acta ortopédica mexicana (Mexico) 21 (3): 168–72. PMID 17937183.  

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