As readers already know, Dr. Ribas’ grandfather was a prominent internist, specialist in pulmonary pathology and infectious diseases, who practiced in Barcelona in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century. He was the Head of the Hospital de la Santa Creu y Sant Pau, and had to face the cholera epidemic that broke out in Barcelona and the Spanish flu epidemic. Professor Ribas had as his assistant the one who later became a professor of medicine in Zaragoza and Madrid, and the Nobel Prize in Medicine: Professor Santiago Ramón y Cajal.
He wrote numerous books and reported works of enormous impact in the Europe of the time. He spoke perfectly German, having trained as an internist in Germany (perhaps someone is familiar).
Regarding epidemics, he publicly expressed an opinion that seems taken from the present, only 100 years ago:
“For an epidemic to be considered over, one or more of the following conditions must exist:
That more than half of the population is immunized.
That the germ loses virulence.
That there is an effective treatment to combat it.
Let there be a vaccine for the population.”
We believe that 100 years later his thinking is still very current.