Description of the author’ personal relation-ship with Dr. Luis Cifuentes. We emphasize the importance of microscopic evaluation of urine sediment in the office of the urologist.
Biographical Sketch of Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte (1907-2005), focusing on the years of his school and university education, his intense surgical activity during Spanish Civil War and his specialized urologic training in Germany and USA, as well as his fruitful work in the Hospitals La Princesa and Fundacion Jimenez Diaz in Madrid. We cover other extraprofessional features of his life.
OBJECTIVE: To emphasize the importance of the study of urine samples as well as the non replaceable figure of Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte.METHODS: We review the methodology of the study of urine samples.RESULTS: Urine analysis keeps a great diagnostic importance as Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte demonstrated, although it unavoidably has suffered modifications due to technological development and social needs.CONCLUSIONS: We should never forget in our clinical practice urine analysis of the sediment, as Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte supported in his time.
This paper offers a brief biographical sketch of Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte (1907-2005) and his professional and educational activities developed in his late years in the Department of Urology at Fundacion Jimenez Diaz (1979-1987), from the perspective , the testimony and particular point of view of the author. In addition, we emphasize the friendship of Dr. Luis Cifuentes with the philosopher Xavier Zubiri (1898-1983) and his cultural links with the intellectual society of his time, his origin and personal trajectory from the Ortega`s philosophical-humanist view. In the same way we emphasize Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte`s contribution to the National Academy of Medicine, where he was member (1972-2005), summarizing his lectures; we also briefly show some of the, unfortunately scarce, autobiographical memories the distinguished urologist published
To gloss the figure of Professor Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte in both his scientific and human features, from the emotional memory of a grateful disciple.
We describe the training itinerary of Dr. Luis Cifuentes, in a time in which Urology lacked of scientific prestige and was a limited field of surgery. His excellent education in basic sciences, his permanent voluntary contact with the most representative scientists of that time, his innovative PhD thesis, and other initiatives, altogether with his inquisitorial character and extraordinary personal aptitudes enabled him to get to Urology with an exceptionally rich burden of knowledge.With the help of excellent national and international mentors he achieved a urological training of such quality that his scientific and professional prestige was immediately recognized, as well as his clinical quality, technical expertise, and research rigor. All these led him to leave an admirable and everlasting trail. His training itinerary continues being a model to be followed by new generations of urologists as a complement to the MIR system.
The author, disciple of Dr. Cifuentes, thinks about the influence and teaching of his professor emphasizing some features that specially marked us.We emphasize his capacity to observe reality, his meticulous reading of all tests, his analysis of all the information obtained, and his intellectual rigor in the elaboration of the diagnosis.His interest for the patient, his thoughts about bladder cancer or the importance of statistics, and the introduction and support of endoscopic surgery in Spain are outstanding features. It is also outstanding his defense of Urology as a medical-surgical specialty.As a conclusion we have his best legacy: his thought, his books and scientific works.
The author describes some of his life experiences with his professor Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte. We emphasize the scientific, academic and clinical personality of Professor Cifuentes, one of the most important personalities in the Spanish Urology during the 20th century.
In the centenary of Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte we tell several histories about his teaching, which help to know and understand his professional and human quality.
During my training in the University Clinic of Urology in Munich and Gro-Bhodern Hospital I could realize the prestige Dr. Cifuentes Delatte had among my Professors, who in addition to knowing him personally made frequent references to his scientific works. I write in detail the time I met him during my admission in the Royal Academy of Medicine as a Correspondent Academician and the conversations we had during the sessions of the Academy, as well as the friendship I finally had with him.
OBJECTIVES: With the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte, due to his great scientific personality, we want to emphasize two features that , taken from his works and memories, we consider have not been emphasized enough: his role as historian of urology, both for the histories he narrated of his life experiences and the historical exposition of several pathologies, and also his teaching as professor of several generations of urologists, with the objective of trying to get to know his great human quality as he demonstrated over his life and showed in his writings.METHODS: We review his books and works, lectures and published papers, in addition the news about his person we have collected from the media, and after analysis, mainly of his memories, we extract data reflecting his personality, and they way he thought and behaved.RESULTS: Since he was young he went with his father to the international urology meetings where he met a great number of personalities in the World of Urology; he extended his training with them, and later on they got to have a great relationship. He travelled around Europe and United States before and after Second World War, respectively, with stays in the most prestigious centers, which he described meticulously. He also reported his activity during the first two years he directed the Department of Urology at the Hospital La Princesa in Madrid and cited the series of collaborators he had. In his research works he made an ample description of historical development as introduction to the various pathologies he analyzed in depth.CONCLUSIONS: The reading of the narration of his trips, that he did in the convulse International time he lived, offers details which enable us to know firsthand the situation of urology and the human side of the actors he had relation with, and the social life they had, in addition to data about their families and daily life. As a researcher in transcendental chapters in urological pathology we emphasize his historical evolution. A great number of disciples benefited from his scientific quality and his great teaching vocation.
OBJECTIVES: With the centenary of the birth of Dr. Luis Cifuentes Delatte, considering he in as one of the most transcendental personalities in the Spanish urology of the second half of the 20th-century, we review his life, his environment , and his relationships, and emphasize his life experiences, in addition to his works and research.METHODS: We read his books and articles from Spanish urological journals from 1930, from which we selected the references we found about him. We also used as a source our personal relationship with him.RESULTS/CONCLUSIONS: He had an important clinical and research education, a great working capacity; he was a judicious and acute observer, also objective and rigorous checking results; the analysis of urine sediment, urinary tract infection with stone formation, and the study of bladder, neurogenic and tumoral pathologies, as well as a cystopathies, were the main topics he dedicated to; he also was outstanding in transurethral surgery. Valuable publicist, he is outstanding due to the transcendence of his written works, and especially for being the Master of an ample generation of Spanish and South American urologists, and for his love for study and urology.
In this article the author wants to express his admiration and thankfulness to his Professor in urological endoscopic surgery and show his start in the practice of such technique, and the success achieved thanks to the teachings of Dr. Cifuentes.