AUA Summit - The Scope of Urology Newsletter - Oct. 2020

The Scope of Urology Newsletter - Oct. 2020

The History of Microsurgery in Urology

The application of microsurgical techniques to surgical approaches in humans is less than a century old. With the continued input of microsurgical pioneers, as well as continued improvement in techniques and technologies by the growing cohort of urologic microsurgeons, the future of urologic microsurgery will only broaden.

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The Recent and Proud Path of Costa Rican and Central American Urology

Costa Rica is a small Central American nation, known worldwide for its mysticism, natural diversity, pleasant weather, beaches and smiling three-toed sloths that welcome thousands of tourists year-round. Urologists from around the world retreat to our country to enjoy our volcanoes, beaches, forest toucans and quetzals. However, in more recent history, those same urologists make their way here for state-of-the-art lectures, scientific meetings, hands-on courses and proctorships.

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Brief history of the SMU (Sociedad Mexicana de Urología)

Before the SMU existed, there was a need to treat patients with urological problems. Since 1580, there are reports of procedures done to relieve abscesses and kidney, bladder and prostate stones, among other ailments, at the Hospital de Jesús in the heart of Mexico City.

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Huggins Stories told by Tom Borden, MD

Personal stories about Nobel prizewinner Charles Huggins as told by Dr. Tom Borden to his friend Arthur Smith, South Central Section Representative to the AUA Board of Directors.

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Resident's Corner

Lithotomy: Cutting for Stone

The technique of lithotomy was described as early as the first century AD in Greece by Aulus Cornelius Celsus in what was known as the “apparatus minor” due to the small amount of instruments needed. The instruments required included a knife, a hook, and forceps to remove the stone.

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Postscript

Seymour Schwartz, MD (1928–2020)

Ron Rabinowitz, AUA Historian: What is less well known about Dr Schwartz is that he was a true polymath, and that is the Dr. Seymour Schwartz that I knew… The world has lost a renowned surgeon, scholar, author, mentor, lecturer, and teacher. And I have lost a friend.

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Postscript

Clair Edward Cox, II, MD (1933-2020)

David Bloom, MD: As a resident in the 1970s at UCLA, reading the urology literature I became familiar with the name Clair Edward Cox, II, who published interesting and good papers from Bowman Gray School of Medicine…Little did I know we would become friends during my time in Ann Arbor, where the University of Michigan connected us.

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Postscript

Richard D. Amelar, MD (1927 – 2020)

Peter N. Schlegel, MD: Dr. Amelar’s publications on the causes of male infertility are the basis of our understanding of this condition in most published manuscripts and books… his gentle recommendations and thoughtful observations contributed greatly to our Andrology meetings in New York, well into the 21st century.

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