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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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CANOVAS IVORRA, Jose Antonio et al. Urological works and biography of Dr. Felipe Alcalá-Santaella Núñez (1927-1977): Historical documentary analysis. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2006, vol.59, n.1, pp.1-6. ISSN 0004-0614.

Objectives: In the middle of the 20th century, Urology in Valencia was fully consolidated as a surgical speciality since Prof. Molla started it about the end of the 19th century; Dr. Felipe Alcala Santaella Nuñez stands out as the chairman of the Department of Urology of the "Hospital Provincial de Valencia", after his father Dr.Rafael Alcalá Santaella. He achieved to form a group of renowned professionals, some of which still are in active practice. Methods: We reviewed all his scientific work and the journals it was published in, mainly Archivos Españoles de Urología, through the Department of Medical History of the University of Valencia. His biography was reconstructed using the "Biographic and Bibliographic History of Spanish Urology" by Drs. E. Maganto Pavón and M. Pérez Albacete, as well as direct interviews with family members. Discussion: We emphasize the magnificent approach to the clinical presentations of tuberculosis he does in his doctoral thesis, analyzing its types by location, main features, and most adequate treatment. He also emphasized the importance of relapse in lithiasic patients andrecommendations to be follow, as well as the condition of bladder neoplasias. Conclusions: We consider Dr.Felipe Alcalá Santaella Nuñez as a wide-experience-professional who made solid contributions to the regional urology in his times, thanks to his excellent surgical abilities and dedication.

Keywords : History of the Spanish Urology; Felipe Alcalá Santaella Nuñez; Second half of the 20th Century.

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