Josep María Massond. (Tarragona, 18/01/1913 – Barcelona, 10/11/2012)
Born in Vals (Tarragona) in the midst of a family of middle class, Catholic and surrounded by an environment dominated by culture.
He studied high school in Zaragoza, at the Jesuits ' College and his university studies at the Faculty of Medicine in Barcelona, thanks to a scholarship that allowed him to pay his classes and his stay.
He finished the university with 20 years with extraordinary prize of end of career, obtaining the following year a place like surgeon in the Hospital Clínico of Barcelona.
When the civil war begins to work in the military Hospital as an ensign until it changes its destination, it is claimed by Óscar Telge (head of the health of the International Brigades) to work as a surgeon in the hospitals of the brigades International.
In the first place he marched to Albacete, where he was ordered to join the XIII Brigade, formed mainly by Slavs (Massons perfectly dominated the German language) and thus leaving to the rearguard hospital of Cabezas de Ox (Badajoz), where he maintained a Pretty quiet stay.
It is then destined to the rearguard hospital of Hoyo de Manzanares (Madrid) to serve the wounded who came from the Battle of Brunete.
It was later assigned a hospital of rearguard, that of Benicassim (Castellón). There he married Maria de los Ángeles Morros, who died a few months in a traffic accident.
When the war is over, Josep María is retaliated for being fired from his place at the Hospital Clínico in Barcelona, and pursued, although he did not go to jail thanks to the intervention of some acquaintances.
It marries Leocadia Rabassa Raab, with whom it will have 5 daughters and a son.
It is able to incorporate again to his professional life, thanks to Doctor García Valdecasas that gives him the opportunity to present a research project on the Isoplasma, that it obtains great success and that it is presented in several international congresses.
He worked as clinical chief of the Vall D´Hebron Hospital, a professor of pharmacology at his nursing school and was linked to the pharmaceutical industry as director of the dressing laboratories.
Already retired his work was devoted to research on medicine, giving rise to his important and voluminous work "history of the Spanish military health". He published other works and articles, dedicating some of them to the healing in the International Brigades.
He also received important recognitions. In 1992 he was appointed as a number member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia. In 2008 he received the Cross of St. Jordi from the president of Catalonia and the Military Medal in recognition of his study on the Spanish military health.