Sine Dolore Awards

Sine Dolore Excellence Awards Dr. Fernando Rubió and Dr. Mateu Orfila


Institution of the Sine Dolore World Park Excellence Awards

The institution of prizes or awards is an extensive and widely implemented practice in all types of organizations, entities and associations. It is also because of the great application that the phenomenon shows about the multiple range of social and human activities, both public and private. We can therefore find local, regional, national or international awards, with the aim of producing an effect of public recognition in favor of the tasks of the human condition: sports, literature, visual arts, journalism, medicine, cooperation, cinematography, politics, business...

In fact, the Sine Dolore Foundation itself - and before that, its predecessor of the Sine Dolore Association - is an example of willingness to deploy formulas that communicate these principles related to recognition and the honors they deserve, as well as human activities, such as people Individuals or entities specifically considered.



The associative movement that we call Sine Dolore already participates actively in a series of awards that were born driven by the same Sine Dolore. They are the following:

1.- Father Vicente Macián Awards (with an absolute award and two second prize).

2.- Dr. Luis Aliaga Awards (also with an award and two second prizes)

3.- The Excellence Awards Dr. Mateu Orfila and Dr. Fernando Rubió.


Now, the trajectory of implantation and social penetration of the distinctive activity of Sine Dolore -sincerely, since its legal conversion into a Foundation- now advises on a "reordering" of its prize policy. Above all, because the calendar of Sine Dolore has begun to experience a significant expansion from the project that we call Sine Dolore World Park. This fact, right now, opens new expectations of dynamism that aspire to go beyond the strict Sine Dolore week corresponding to the first days of the month of May of each year. Currently, the Foundation has already resolved the creation of a new meeting between doctors, authorities, patients and relatives -of popular character and, if possible, numerous socially-, set for the months of October.


Based on an event outline marked by the call for an appointment open to the public to share a solidary evening of doctors, patients with chronic pain, family members, social groups, etc., a proposal for a new formulation of said policy is now presented. prizes and public recognitions. Thus, it has been considered appropriate to proceed according to two general criteria, namely:

First: To maintain in the Sine Dolore week of the month of May the awarding of the prizes Father Vicente Macián and Dr. Luis Aliaga, according to the bases and the juries that regulate them for years.

Second: To move the Excellence Awards to the social evening of October, but marked by a renewed formulation.

For this formulation, the Excellence Awards will be limited to the fields of health, medicine, pain, pharmacology and, in general, to all branches of what we modernly know as health sciences and healthcare.

An entity like Sine Dolore, dedicated to health, medicine, pain, quality of life and human solidarity, seems right to want to stick to its own areas, in terms of the definition and consolidation of awards.

Thus considered the idea, Sine Dolore has resolved the institution of new awards, to be awarded annually in the course of the meeting of the months of October.

In relation to this proposal, we have marked the following requirements:

First: Institute five annual Sine Dolore awards, plus one Special (annual or any other periodicity, freely chosen).

Second: Give a joint name and, at the same time, a specific name for each of the five awards.

Third: Maintain the general criteria as Excellence Awards.

Fourth: That, at least, two of the prizes keep the denominations already consolidated, and that we call the Dr. Mateu Orfila Award and the Dr. Fernando Rubió Award, dedicated, without changes, to cover the areas that are already theirs: communication social and awareness and development in the field of pain.


Fifth: That the other three awards be dedicated to the following three areas:

                • To recognize people or legal entities related to the care profession in pain: medicine and all its specialties, nursing, innovation in pain, etc.

                 To recognize people or legal entities related to pharmacology and quality of life. To recognize people or entities dedicated to social solidarity and well-being against pain.

Sixth: We define another award of a special nature, capable of opening the circle of people and entities awarded in any field of human activity, but that maintain a point of connection with the idea of ​​quality of life and social welfare. At the same time, the special prize will be adequate to recognize the work of a complete biography of individuals and entities, if necessary.

Seventh: We have chosen to choose proper names for each of the new prizes that are considered here, applying a gender criterion. In particular, it encourages us to consecrate the names of Minorcan women in history who, finding themselves little or not recognized today, have made important professional contributions in the fields of health sciences; or that they are examples and models of pioneering women deserving of seeing their socially perpetuated name.


Generic name of the newly created prizes:


Dr. Fernando Rubió i Tudurí Excellence Award Sine Dolore for Social Awareness and Development in the field of pain.


Dr. Fernando Rubió i Tudurí (Barcelona, ​​October 18, 1900 - Maó, April 26, 1994) was a Menorcan pharmacist and chemist, son of the military engineer Marià Rubió i Bellver and brother of the architect Nicolau Maria Rubió i Tudurí and politician Marià Rubió i Tudurí.

He studied pharmacy and chemistry at the University of Barcelona and between 1919 and 1922 he expanded his studies at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he had Professor Albert Calmette. In 1924 he founded Laboratorios Andrómaco in Barcelona, ​​from which he founded branches in South America and France, and with the money he bought the estate of Mongofre Nou, current headquarters of the Rubió - Andrómaca Foundation.

In 1946 he settled in Menorca, where in 1947 he financed the restoration of the organ of the Church of Santa María (Maó), and thus began a fruitful work of patronage: creation of the Menorca Awards (1951-1960), the Capella Davídica de Ciutadella or the Encyclopedia of Menorca. He was president of Honor of the Athenian of Mahón. In 1988 he received the Cross of Sant Jordi.

Dr. Mateu Orfila i Rotger Sine Dolore World Park Excellence Award to communication


Mateu Josep Bonaventura Orfila i Rotger, also known as Mateo Orfila and Mathieu Orfila (Mahón, Islas Baleares, April 24, 1787 - Paris, France, March 12, 1853) was a Spanish scientist called the "father of scientific toxicology".

He was born in Mahon, capital of Menorca, on April 24, 1787, in a family of merchants of peasant origin with sufficient income to ensure a good education for their children. Orfila was able to take advantage of the cosmopolitan environment of Menorca to learn modern languages ​​and sciences during his first years of training. With only fourteen years he began to teach mathematics lessons, which, in turn, he had to learn through the few books of these sciences that he could read in those years. And after an unsuccessful attempt to pursue a career as a sailor as his father intended, he chose to study medicine and contacted a German teacher, Carl Ernst Cook, from whom he received classes in "elementary mathematics", "almost experimental physics", " logic "and" a bit of natural history ".

Not being able to study Medicine in Menorca, Orfila traveled to Valencia in September 1804 to attend classes taught at the Faculty of Medicine. Faced with the educational deficiencies that he found, he decided to learn chemistry by himself through the works of the main French authors and of small experiences he made at home with the help of some fans of this science, such as Juan Sánchez Cisneros, an enlightened military man who had studied in Paris and who made numerous works related to mineralogy, chemistry and agronomy from the Economic Society of Friends of the Country of Valencia. Orfila was able to acquire an extraordinary training in chemistry that allowed him to dazzle his colleagues and teachers during a public contest held in June 1805.

Unable to find the necessary intellectual environment for his studies, he sent his father several letters during the summer of 1805, in which he described very negatively the teaching of Medicine in Valencia; his purpose was to allow him to continue his studies in Barcelona. At the beginning of 1807, after a favorable report from Francisco Carbonell, the Royal Board of Commerce of Barcelona granted him a scholarship (or pension, according to the language of the time) to travel to Madrid and then to Paris to continue studies in Chemistry and Mineralogy for four years, so that after his return he would take charge of a second chair of chemistry in Barcelona. Orfila thus joined the long list of Spanish pensioners who traveled to France to study chemistry during the last third of the eighteenth century and the first years of the nineteenth century.

Orfila Tombstone in Paris

While continuing his studies at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris, Orfila organized courses in chemistry and other natural sciences that made him famous and allowed him to earn enough income to refuse the offers of return to Spain that were made by the government of Fernando VII. He also acquired great fame as a singer in the halls of Paris.

Between 1814 and 1817 his two main works appeared: Traité des Poisons ("Treatise on poisons") and Eléments de chimie médicale ("Elements of medical chemistry") that brought him great recognition among the French scientific community. In 1819, he was appointed professor of the Faculty of Medicine, thus initiating an unstoppable rise that would lead him to occupy the highest positions of French Medicine in the years of the Orleanist monarchy between 1830 and 1848.

Orfila introduced numerous changes in the Faculty. He proposed the construction of dissection pavilions in 1832. He created the Museum of Pathological Anatomy (Museo Dupuytren) in 1835, and then donated 60,000 francs to create a museum of comparative anatomy opened in 1845 (current Orfila Museum). In 1832 he was appointed member of the General Council of hospices. The following year he became President of the Medical Prevention Association he had founded. On February 14, 1834, he is also a member of the Royal Council of Public Instruction. At the end of 1834 he was elected member of the municipal council and of the Council of the Seine. He was also named in 1834 knight of the Legion of Honor.

He participated in famous court cases such as Mercier or Marie Lafarge.

In the latter he was ridiculed by François Vincent Raspail, an apostle of free medicine who advocated a new medication more accessible to the popular classes. Orfila represented the official medicine and diploma, unlike Raspail, persecuted years later for illegal exercise of this profession. Raspail was sentenced to fifteen francs but he no longer continued his free consultations.

Orfila loved dominoes and took part with other personalities in the Circle of domino players created around 1838 by the sculptor Jean-Pierre Dantan. He was also a member of the Academic Society of Apollo's Children founded in Paris in 1740.

In addition to Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris and member of the Royal Council of Public Instruction, he was also a member of many French and foreign scientific academies. On the other hand, he participated actively in the foundation and development of two important scientific journals of the time in which he published a large number of works related to toxicology: the Journal de Chimie Médicale, Pharmacie et de Toxicologie and the Annales d'Hygiène Publique et from Médecine Légale. His works were reissued on numerous occasions and translated into the main European languages. All this, together with his participation as an expert in numerous cases of poisoning, transformed Orfila into one of the most famous doctors of his time.

He died in Paris on March 12, 1853.

Premio Hermanas María y Catalina Llabrés de Excelencia Sine Dolore a las Especialidades Asistenciales contra el Dolor.  


Both professionals, María and Catalina Llabrés, were sanitary women (doctor and pharmacist, respectively), who practiced on the island of Menorca, as pioneers

The first of them, María Llabrés Piris (1904-1996), obtained the title of doctor in 1925. It was the second one titled in the Balearic Islands, after the Mallorcan Margarita Segura Segura, from 1915. However, it should be specified that the Mrs. Segura never got to practice Medicine with an official position. In fact, he never attended high school at the Medical College of the Balearic Islands, and limited himself to practicing a private medicine among family and friends, nothing more. On the other hand, the Menorcan girl did enter the School. The first woman who was enrolled in the Balearic Islands, in fact, was our doctor from Menorca, in January 1931 with the number 456. Since then, the growth of women in that collegiate body has been very slow, since, until the year 1970 , where the number of members reached 1300, only fourteen were females on our islands. As the president of the College of the Balearic Islands, Dr. Manuela García Romero, said just two months ago, "they, the women, had it much harder, they opened the way for us, and they had to overcome many obstacles".

Dr. Llabrés was born in Ciutadella de Menorca in August 1904. She was the daughter of a small footwear entrepreneur. When she was 13 years old, she moved to Mahón to study secondary school at the General and Technical Institute of that city. Once the he had to choose between staying in Menorca, perhaps working in the family business, or traveling to Barcelona to study a higher career. Encouraged by her father, persuaded this one of the option as a university student, she opted to enroll in a university career, as her sister Catalina had done before. In this biographical moment of the Llabrés family, the father decided to sell the footwear business in Ciutadella and move the family home to the Catalan capital.

In 1926, the young Menorcan received the dreamed university degree as a graduate in Medicine, with two extraordinary prizes to add to her curriculum. This is how she became the first female doctor in the history of Menorca. Four years later, he obtained a position (1930) as a medical doctor of the Municipal Charity of Palma, where he began to develop what would become his specialty: maternology and tocology.

He married Severiano Arregui Olalquiaga, a maritime entrepreneur. Due to her husband's profession, the couple changed residence several times, and this caused Dr. Llabrés to stop working for a while. Finally, the couple settled in Cazalla de la Sierra (Seville), but then the Civil War broke out. Since the husband volunteered to go to the front, the young Maria decided to return to practice her profession to guarantee family subsistence. On December 28, 1936, during the battle of Lopera, Dr. Llabrés became widowed, and it was then that she decided to return to her native Menorca. Later, she had to move to Catalonia her place of residence, to assume, in 1942, the position of maternity specialist of the Provincial Service of Infantile Hygiene of Girona. Finally, she returned to the island again as state tocologist and director of the Municipal Hospital of Es Cós, in Mahón. When, in 1956, the public hospital Virgen de Monte Toro was inaugurated, she took over the gynecology and obstetrics service.

In 1991 the Official Association of Doctors of the Balearic Islands paid tribute to his brilliant professional career, granting him the medal of honor at the conclusion of the collegiate gold wedding.

For her part, Catalina Llabrés Piris (1901-1953) graduated in Pharmacy in 1925. After finishing primary school, she enrolled in secondary education, which ended in 1919, with academic results that strengthened her path to the University . He enrolled in Barcelona, ​​and, when he turned 25, on August 22, 1925, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy. She was the first Menorcan woman who got it.


In 1926, he bought a pharmaceutical office in Ciutadella. He acquired it from his colleague Gabriel Martí Bella. She practiced, then, her profession as the owner of a pharmacy (Farmacia Llabrés) located on calle Josep Maria Quadrado number 15, in her hometown, the popular Ses Voltes street.

Ten years after obtaining the title, on January 1, 1935 it was registered in the register of the Official Association of Pharmacists of the Balearic Islands. He was assigned 246 as a regional collegiate number.

Catalina married Ramón Balada Matamoros, with whom she had a son, Juan Ignacio Balada Llabrés, who in 1985 inherited the pharmacy building in Ses Voltes Street. Today, conserving in him the old modernist style, it constitutes for Menorca a patrimony that has happened at the hands of the Foundation Hesperia (2010), of the Real Spanish House, by testamentary way, that is the managing organization of the goods that Juan Ignacio bequeathed Ballad upon death.

Catalina Llabrés Piris was part of the first generations of women with a university degree in Menorca and in the whole of the Balearic Islands. Her name appears in the history books as that of an estimable pioneer, in the line that, with her, Antonia Cañellas Vicens, María Gil Puig, Francisca A. Ramis Vidal, María Riera Gabriel or Antonia Ferrer Pérez, had to mark. she got a degree, like Catalina, in Pharmacy.

On November 1, 2008, the Consell de Govern of the Consell Insular de Menorca approved the declaration of Bien Catalogado in favor of the Llabrés Pharmacy, which was registered since then in the Insular Catalog of Historical Heritage. Today, Hesperia is carrying out a complete restoration work on the property.

Premio Carmen Puntas Comella de Excelencia Sine Dolore a la Farmacología y la Calidad de Vida.


Carmen Puntas Comella, Catalan by birth (Granollers, 1917), is another of our pioneering superior pharmaceutical companies on the island of Menorca. His insular bond is due to the fact of having contracted marriage with the gynecologist Dr. Mateu Seguí Mercadal (1916-2000), of Mahón. Both professional health scientists met in Catalonia at a meeting of the Traditionalist Communion, since Manuel Puntas, Carmen's father, was a prominent member of that formation. The wedding was celebrated in 1944, and as a result of the marriage, a descendant of ten children was born between 1947 and 1961, two of whom died very young victims of accidents (Mateo in 1971 and Nelo in 1977). While Mateo Seguí practiced medicine until his retirement and acted as head of the gynecology service, Carmen Puntas worked until his death (March 26, 1976) as head of the Clinical Analysis Service in the old Virgen de Monte Toro hospital, the then-called Residencia Sanitaria, from the Menorcan capital, where Dr. Seguí, her husband, was also assigned. Both the one and the other firmly believed in the benefits of public medicine. It was so that both were integrated from the first day in the National Health Service of the time. Carmen Puntas, even, thought it convenient to close her small laboratory of analysis, of domiciliary character, and to bet completely to concentrate her work in the consolidation of the clinical laboratories of the hospital.

Premio Sor Enriqueta de Excelencia Sine Dolore a la Solidaridad y al bienestar contra el Dolor.


This is a prize that wants to be a tribute of recognition to the extraordinary work of a nun, Daughter of Charity, who has been an authentic pioneer of social assistance in Mahón and in Menorca.

Sr. Enriqueta Garriga Gil (Mahón, 1926) is a nun living consecrated to the order of the Daughters of Charity. He has dedicated all his activity and all his faith to nursing and social assistance. Dedicated fully to service to others, she has been a pioneer in the establishment of social services in the city of Mahón and in Menorca; in particular, for the creation of municipal home help programs. His biography is an extraordinary example to alleviate human pain, and to provide quality of life in favor of those people marked by the most basic suffering and needs.

Sr. Enriqueta has been awarded the Ramón Llull Prize of the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands (2010 edition).

He has devoted himself body and soul to the attention of the disadvantaged: first, in Caritas Diocesana; and later, at the City Hall of Mahón. His sense of life has been consecrated to his religious faith and dedication to the poor, since his incorporation in 1951 to the religious congregation that founded San Vicente de Paul.

After training and remaining three months of testing in the Military Hospital of Madrid, Sr. Enriqueta went to the seminary and from there, to hospitals in Navarra, Valencia and Alicante. For three decades, the nun worked in the laboratory, assisted in operating theaters, supervised nurses, organized training courses for the staff of one of the hospitals, rejected a post attached to the Directorate in La Fe de Valencia and ended up being trained as social assistant.

For family reasons, in 1981 it was destined to Menorca, where the priest Xisco Huguet, then rector of the parish of San Francisco in Mahón, called her to help in the Shelter, until he went to serve in a newly inaugurated ambulatory of the same city of Mahón. All this made it compatible with the Secretariat of Colegio San José, with her work as a social assistant at AMUR and at Cáritas Diocesana.

Unexpectedly for her, the councilor of Mahón, Josep Costa, in the eighties, told him that they were considering the hiring of a social worker. She, then, answered that she would not mind seeing herself elected to start the service. Soon, Sister Henriette was, in effect, called. Finally, he told himself, he would really serve the poor, what he had always wanted. The religious then began an exciting time, in which she set up home care services and met many hard human realities, marked by infinite forms of suffering and pain, exclusion and deprivation. "I thank God, because in Mahón I have fulfilled all my aspirations by serving the poor," she says, as a summary of a life of caring for others.

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