History of Urology Forum
Presentation Authors: Kevin Loughlin*, Boston, MA
Introduction: Although known for his clinical observations in the early understanding of prostate cancer, Hugh Hampton Young made seminal contributions to the management of urologic trauma from his experience as a surgeon and as a member of the Allied Expeditionary Forces(AEF)in The Great War. This is a review of those contributions.
Methods: Primary sources including the Autobiography of Hugh Hampton Young and Young's Manual of Military Urology were reviewed to gather primary data for this abstract.
Results: The observations made by Young while serving in the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during The Great War served as the underpinning for the diagnosis and treatment of urologic trauma for decades. His recommendations of management for blunt and penetrating renal trauma, bladder injury, spinal cord injury and injuries to the external genitalia were all major contributions to urologic practice.
Conclusions: Although widely recognized as the "Father of American Urology", the founding editor of the Journal of Urology and the proponent of the radical perineal prostatectomy for prostate cancer, Hugh Hampton Young was truly a man of multiple interests and talents. In many ways, his contributions to the management of urologic trauma have been overlooked, but have been durable. Many of the principles of trauma management in the current AUA guidelines can trace their origins to the experience of Young a century ago.
Source of Funding: None