Today in Philippine History, June 7, 1907, Arturo Belleza Rotor was born

Wednesday June 06, 2012 ()

On June 7, 1907, Arturo Belleza Rotor, considered as among the best Filipino short story writers of the twentieth century, was born. Rotor was also a Medical Doctor.

   Arturo Belleza Rotor

He attended the University of the Philippines (UP), graduating from the Conservatory of Music and the College of Medicine.

An esteemed writer of both fiction and non-fiction in English, Rotor was the recipient of the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1966 in recognition of his literary accomplishments. His best-known literary works are "Confidentially, Doctor" published in 1965, "Selected Stories from the Wound and The Scar," published in 1973, and "The Men Who Play God" published in 1983.

Rotor discovered a rare form of jaundice known as "Rotor Syndrome", a non-itching jaundice. He published the paper on the said disease in 1948.

He served as director of the UP's Postgraduate School of Medicine, and worked as a practicing internist until the early 1980s.

During World War II, Rotor served as Executive Secretary of the Philippine Commonwealth government-in-exile. Immediately after the war, he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Health and Welfare.

He died on April 9, 1988 at the age of 80. He was married to Emma Unson.

Reference: Philippines News Agency archives


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