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History Nov 21, 2018

A Regiomontan doctor in the Revolution: Dr. Encarnación Brondo Whitt

A doctor from Monterrey who deserves a greater diffusion of his work and his legacy

The professors and graduates of our Faculty have been important protagonists of the historical events of the 19th and 20th centuries. During the armed struggle started in 1910, a character who became Lieutenant Colonel of the Sanitary Brigade of the Northern Division stands out: Dr. E. Brondo Whitt.

Born in Monterrey, on October 17, 1877, he was the son of Encarnación Brondo Martínez and Mercedes Whitt. He entered the National School of Jurisprudence of Mexico City to study law, however, he did not finish his studies and for family reasons he returned to his homeland.

He entered the Monterrey School of Medicine, graduating in 1902 (registered as Encarnación Brondo Withe), having completed his thesis on hydrophobia, in which he carried out experimental work with rodents. That same year he emigrated to the city of Chihuahua.

His generation was the last to graduate, before the school suspended for some time the medical career, composed of José Morales, Alfonso Pérez, José Luna, Alberto Siller and Donaciano Zambrano.


In 1903 he moved to Ciudad Guerrero, where he spent most of his time, in this town he married Beatriz González Armenta in 1906, with whom he had four children.

In March 1914 he enlisted as a doctor of the "Sanitary Brigade of the Northern Division", where he lived with the main leaders of the movement, including Pancho Villa. With them he traveled throughout the north and center of the country, being the protagonist and narrator of the most memorable villain feats, which he expressed in his masterful work "The Northern Division (1914), by an eyewitness."

His weapons service included among other events:

1914.- Between the days of March 25 and 26 he fought for the taking of the Plaza de Gómez Palacio, Durango, defended by federal troops under the command of General Juan J. Navarro.

1914.- On April 12, he fought in San Pedro de las Colonias Coahuila, against the federal troops of Victoriano Huerta.

1914.- Between June 23 and 24, he fought in Zacatecas against Huertista federal troops. Time was given to record the main facts of this important deed, to such an extent that its chronicle is considered one of the most complete and elaborate narratives.

The time he served in the Northern Division militated under General Julio Acosta, having acquired the rise of Tte. Colonel, after the Taking of Zacatecas, degree granted by General Francisco Villa.

He considered himself a homely man, for this reason and because he had two young children to date, in January 1915 he decided to return to Chihuahua.

Fervent reader and polemicist. One of the most prolific pens of our alma mater, he published more than 10 books and hundreds of articles in several newspapers and magazines of his time. In addition to medicine and literature, he cultivated history, astronomy, philosophy and other humanistic disciplines.


He married in second marriage, after being widowed, with Antonia Casavantes Burboa, in Ciudad Guerrero, on November 17, 1937.

He died of a heart condition on December 16, 1956, in the city of Chihuahua, where his remains rest.

A Regiomontan doctor who deserves a greater diffusion of his work and his legacy.


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