physician and neonatologist, was born on 22 July 1900 in Buenos Aires,
the eldest son of Juan Nicanor Murtagh (1866-1947) and his wife, Celina Langan.
Juan Jorge Murtagh graduated in the school of medicine at the University of Buenos
Aires, where he studied with the Nobel Prize laureate
Dr. Bernardo Houssay. Murtagh began his practised in 1928
at the Maternity Institute. In 1942 he succeeded Juan
Pedro Garrahan (1893-1968) as the head of the Paediatrics
Juan J. Murtagh was appointed assistant professor
of paediatrics, in 1959 associate clinical professor of
paediatrics, and in 1961 professor of paediatrics at the University of Salvador.
In addition to his academic activity, in 1942 Dr. Murtagh was
director of the Paediatrics and Children Care Service
in the Alberto Peralta Ramos hospital, and in 1935 director
of the nursing section in the municipal dispensary of
Buenos Aires. In 1953 Murtagh founded and directed during
three years El Recién Nacido magazine. He
was the president of
the Argentine Paediatrics Society. In 1965 Murtagh
founded the non-profit organisation APAP (Asociación para
el Perfeccionamiento Asistencial del Prematuro), which
financed the first neonatological pathology service in
Argentina. After his retirement, Dr. Murtagh worked pro
bono with less-favoured children.
Juan J. Murtagh
published Prematuros y débiles congénitos
(1942), Valores estadísticos hematimétricos
y hemoquímicos en lactantes (1947,
and Anoxia del recién nacido (1952).
was one of the first students of the Catholic Culture
Courses in 1922. The group represented prominent families
of the traditional Argentine elite and Catholic
nationalist groups. Classes included philosophy, history
of the Catholic church, and sacred scriptures. Later in
1936 Dr. Murtagh would give courses about education in the
Juan Jorge Murtagh died on 2 April 2000.
Coghlan, Eduardo A., Los Irlandeses en la Argentina: Su Actuación y Descendencia
(Buenos Aires, 1987), p. 725.
Quien es quien en la Argentina
(Buenos Aires: Editorial