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Vol. 42. Issue 9.
Pages 574-585 (November 2018)
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Vol. 42. Issue 9.
Pages 574-585 (November 2018)
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DOI: 10.1016/j.acuroe.2018.09.003
Alfonso de la Peña Pineda and the Urology exchange by correspondence
Alfonso de la Peña Pineda y el Intercambio urológico por correspondencia
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M. Pérez-Albacetea,
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m.perezalbacete@gmail.com

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, N. Chesa-Ponceb
a Oficina de Historia de la Asociación Española de Urología, Madrid, Spain
b Centro de Urología, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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Table 1. List of the 105 issues.
Table 2. Spanish urologists in alphabetical order, in parentheses the number of urological works, followed by the date of appearance.
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Abstract
Introduction

In 1943, the brothers Alfonso and Emilio de la Peña Pineda proposed creating a communication system by correspondence as in North America, an idea welcomed by Spanish urologists, a system that was named the Urology exchange by correspondence.

Material and methods

A thorough reading and detailed analysis was conducted of content from 1944 to 1953, with an average of 3 pages of folio size of each copy.

Result

A total of 105 issues containing 234 urological presentations were sent, signed by 67 Spanish urologists, 2 Portuguese urologists and 1 general surgeon. Thirty-nine of these presentations were translations of a similar U.S. publication. The subject matter corresponded to curious or rare personal cases, concerning conditions or problems of the most common urological diseases in that era, of which only 20 of those articles stand out. In general, the content is of little use and interest, which prompted the gradual decline in the collaboration until it disappeared.

Conclusion

The proposal was answered mostly by those who had a professional relationship with the chair of Urology of the Faculty of Medicine of Madrid directed by Alfonso de la Peña. The subject matter of the personal case studies, most of which lacked importance, lead to the gradual decline in the contribution of presentations until its eventual end. Only a few articles stand out. The study's major value consists of collecting and analysing the content of what is highly likely the only complete collection in existence, given that it was not edited for printing and was distributed only as correspondence and cannot therefore be found in public libraries.

Keywords:
Periodic urology publications
Urology exchange by correspondence
Alfonso de la Peña Pineda
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Introducción

Los hermanos Alfonso y Emilio de la Peña Pineda propusieron en 1943 crear un sistema de comunicación por correspondencia como en Norteamérica, idea bien aceptada por los urólogos españoles, y que llevó por título Intercambio urológico por correspondencia.

Material y métodos

Lectura minuciosa y análisis pormenorizado del contenido de 1944 a 1953, con un promedio de 3 páginas tamaño folio de cada ejemplar.

Resultado

Se enviaron 105 números que contienen 234 comunicaciones urológicas, firmadas por 67 urólogos españoles, 2 portugueses y un cirujano general, 39 son traducciones de la publicación similar norteamericana. La temática corresponde a casos personales curiosos o raros, sobre situaciones o problemas de la enfermedad urológica más habitual en la época, de los que únicamente destacan una veintena de artículos. En general el contenido es de poca utilidad e interés, motivo por el que decreció paulatinamente la colaboración hasta desaparecer.

Conclusión

La propuesta fue respondida mayoritariamente por quienes mantenían relación con la cátedra de Urología de la Facultad de Medicina de Madrid, dirigida por Alfonso de la Peña. La temática cifrada en casos clínicos personales, faltos de interés en su mayoría, llevó a disminuir paulatinamente la aportación de comunicaciones hasta su cese. Sobresalen únicamente unos pocos artículos. El mayor valor del trabajo lo constituye recoger y analizar el contenido de la que sea muy probablemente la única colección completa existente, ya que al no ser editada por imprenta y ser su distribución solo como correspondencia no se ha encontrado en las bibliotecas públicas.

Palabras clave:
Publicaciones periódicas urológicas
Intercambio urológico por correspondencia
Alfonso de la Peña Pineda

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