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Actas Urológicas Españolas

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FARINA PEREZ, L.A.. Doctor Manuel Cobas Núñez (1885-1956), pioneer of urology and uroradiology in Galicia (Spain). Actas Urol Esp [online]. 2004, vol.28, n.2, pp.89-94. ISSN 0210-4806.

INTRODUCTION: The development of urologic radiology with intracavitary and intravenous contrast agents played an essential role in the rise of Urology as a surgical speciality, in agreement with other circunstances that made it both possible (the invention of endoscopic instruments and laboratory technics to study the urine and the kidney function, advances in anaesthesia, asepsia, control of haemorraghe and infection), and necessary (because of social request for these specialised medical services ). MATERIAL AND METHOD: Study of the life and work of Manuel Cobas Núñez (1885-1956), whose surgical practice and publications pioneered the modern Urology and Uroradiology in Galicia (Spain). RESULT: After being trained in Necker Hospital (Paris) and Instituto Rubio (Madrid), Cobas was one of the firsts to practice urology in Galicia, with a high interest in surgical diseases of the upper urinary tract. His knowledge of renoureteral surgery was outstanding for the time. In august 1931 he published "Pielografía ascendente y pielografía descendente", one of the firsts and best documented books on upper urinary tract examination using retrograde and intravenous pyelography, written only months after marketing of the first intravenous contrasts agents. COMMENT: Working in private practice, out of the academic fields, Cobas was a protagonists of the beginning of Galician modern urology. His publications and book on pyelography show that he was one of the first experts in renal surgery and must be also recognized as a pioneer of uroradiology in Galicia and Spain.

Keywords : History of Urology; History of Uroradiology.

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