A FRASE DO ANO, PROFERIDA PELO PRÉMIO NOBEL DA MEDICINA
O oncologista brasileiro Drauzio Varella
"No mundo actual, investe-se cinco vezes mais em medicamentos para a virilidade masculina e silicones para as mulheres do que na cura do Alzheimer. Daqui a alguns anos, teremos velhas de mamas grandes e velhos com pénis duro, mas nenhum se recordará para que servem".
Drauzio Varella, MD, (b. January 1, 1943 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian physician, educator, scientist and noted medical science popularizer in the press and TV, as well as best-selling author. In addition to medicine, Varella is noted as a public commentator on issues such as prison conditions, social welfare, government, literature and his professed atheism and skepticism.
Varella came from a family of Portuguese and Spanish descent from São Paulo. He studied medicine at the Medical School of the University of São Paulo. While a student, he was one of the founders of a pre-med preparatory course with João Carlos di Genio and other colleagues, and where he taught chemistry for several years. This course later became the larger private educational system in Brazil, the Universidade Paulista and the Sistema Objetivo. Varella has won the prestigious Prêmio Jabuti literary award.