Clínica Diquecito is the first institution of its kind in Latin America. It was founded on January 5th, 1946, by the German scientist Prof. Dr. Paul Busse Grawitz, who was candidate for the Nobel prize for his investigations in the field of molecular pathology.
His restless spirit and inclination to investigation led him to develop a number of therapies, setting a precedent in healthcare through diets and eating habit changes.
Thus, Clínica Diquecito steadily grew in prestige, seriousness and treatment efficiency based on the results of the medical investigation done by its founder and director.
The diets he developed earned him international recognition, and were adopted by other professionals and institutions. Today, his philosophy is the base of the most successful weight loss treatments.
The famous "Método de los Bocados" (the snack method), that today is highly recognized, is a concept created and developed by the founder, and offers great benefits for the patient’s health including eating habits reeducation, a positive impact on the digestive system that is not under demand, and the "absence of hunger" feeling among others. Nowadays, this diet is used as the base for treatments in many other Medical Centers, not only in Argentina but also worldwide. Its basic principles can be summarized as: "eat little and often".
Dr. Prof. Paul Busse Grawitz was born on June 21st, 1900, in Greifswald, Prussia. Son and grandson of important scientists, he studied Medicine in Germany and Switzerland, and he graduated at the age of 22.
The professional training he received while working in an exclusive team of scientists led by Virchow (nowadays considered the “father” of Pathology), deeply marked his professional life, looking into the problems of each patient almost more from a work hypothesis approach than from a therapeutic protocol approach.
He worked as an aboard physician in the German Merchant Marine. As a result of his work, he developed a therapeutic menu that proved to improve the health of the crew. When he came to Argentina for the second time, he was astonished by Argentine cordiality and natural beauty, and decided to settle down in the country in 1926.
He arrived in Córdoba attracted by the mountains and the possibility of practicing his favorite sport: trekking. While working as a resident physician in Hospital Italiano, he revalidated his degree in Medicine in less than one year in the National University of Córdoba.
When he was already working in the medical clinic area, the high frequency of digestive affections whose etiology was not always evident powerfully called his attention.
This encouraged him to research on the probable causes, concluding in two therapeutic contributions that earned him recognition during his professional life:
As he applied many of his therapies, he found it necessary to provide a specialized service to his patients. That service could not be provided as an outpatient service, but it did not require hospitalization in a traditional medical institution (Formal hospitals or nursing homes).
It was then that he envisaged the foundation of a place that should offer medical therapies with a holistic concept of health, surrounded by beauty and tranquility. And he chose a beautiful corner in the mountains, near the city of Córdoba, to carry out his project: El Diquecito. There, on January 5th, 1946, “Sanatorio Dietético Serrano Diquecito” was opened, inspired on the best European Kurhaus. The project was carried out by a German engineer and a Swiss architect. This proposal is pioneer in Latin America and, since its foundation, has set a tendency that is a global “trend” today.
This initiative has earned him the recognition of the Ministry of Health of the Province of Córdoba, not only for his pioneering proposal, but also for the contributions he made to science from this beautiful corner on the mountains. In this sense, it is worth mentioning the innovative“Dieta de los Bocados” (Snack Diet) that with simple and revolutionary premises shaped a therapeutic proposal for weight loss that is currently applied worldwide.
Along his contributions to clinical medicine, his outdoor activities and his devotion to servicing and helping many people and communities in our country, Prof. Busse Grawitz carried out a methodic and deep labor. He developed more than 90,000 experiments that he carried out in the field of basic research on the inflammatory process. His findings led him to contradict the more traditional theories of inflammation. They were such a novelty that he was invited by various universities from America, Europe and Japan to talk about them.
The German government recognized his fruitful scientific work with the Grand Merit Cross distinction, which was granted to him in 1959 by the German ambassador in our country. This was the first distinction of this kind in our country and the fourth one in German history.
The Nobel Prize Committee in Stockholm heard about his contributions in favor of science and three scientists interested in knowing more about the reported findings and confirming their truthfulness came to Argentina. It was then, in 1973, that he was proposed as a candidate to the Nobel prize in Medicine and Physiology.
He received many other distinctions during his prolific professional and scientific career, but he was still the same humble person who decided to practice his profession with a genuine love for others. This is the reason why, after servicing in an isolated community in our country, like Antofagasta de la Sierra in the province of Catamarca, he was able not only to integrate the region, by managing medical attention from the capital and achieving the periodic visit of a sanitary aircraft, but also to build up a route that is the main access.
He felt so identified with this community, that he requested that his remains were buried there.
He died on June 24th, 1983, and he was buried in that small cemetery in the middle of the beauty and immensity of Puna de Atacama.
Nowadays, an interdisciplinary team of professionals continue with the work that Dr. Paul Busse Grawitz began.