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Moniz had a distinguished political career before beginning serious neurological investigation at what some would consider the advanced age of 51. He was named Antonio Caetano de Abreu Freire Egas Moniz. His godfather added Egas Moniz and Moniz took this name when a student in Pamplita—Egas Moniz was a hero of the Portuguese resistance in the Portuguese wars against the Moors in the 12th century. Moniz graduated in 1899 from the University of Coimbri. He soon became professor of internal medicine with a special interest in diseases of the nervous system. Early fame was achieved following a scandalous book on sexology, written in 1901. In 1911 he became …