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The history of neurosurgery in Bolivia and pediatric neurosurgery in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Dabdoub CF, Dabdoub CB - Surg Neurol Int (2013)

Bottom Line: Neurosurgical development in Bolivia has its origins in the late 19(th) century and can be divided in two stages.Nowadays, our national society has 74 members.It is affiliated with the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and the Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.

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Affiliation: Division of Neurosurgery, Japanese University Hospital, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

ABSTRACT
The practice of neurosurgery in Bolivia began thousands of years ago with skull trepanation. This procedure dates from the earliest period of the Tiwanaku culture, a preInca civilization. Neurosurgical development in Bolivia has its origins in the late 19(th) century and can be divided in two stages. At the beginning, before the advent of neurosurgery as a discipline, some general surgeons performed procedures on the skull and brain. Formal neurosurgery in Bolivia was developed with the arrival of neurosurgeons trained in the United States and some countries of South America. The Bolivian Neurosurgical Society was created in 1975. Nowadays, our national society has 74 members. It is affiliated with the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and the Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Presently, neurosurgery in Bolivia is similar to that seen in developed countries. In this sense, government programs should dedicate more financial support to establish specialized healthcare centers where the management of complex central nervous system lesions could be offered. In contrast, we believe that encouraging the local training of young neurosurgeons is one of the most important factors in the development of neurosurgery in Bolivia or any other country.

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(a) Japanese university hospital in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and (b) the first Latin American Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (2002). As invited guests, the professors who attended were Artur da Cunha and Francisco Salomão (Brazil); Arturo Zuleta, Eugenio Poch, Pedro Aros, and Sergio Valenzuela (Chile); Graciela Zuccaro and Hugo Pomata (Argentina); and Fernando Rueda Franco (Mexico)
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Figure 7: (a) Japanese university hospital in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and (b) the first Latin American Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (2002). As invited guests, the professors who attended were Artur da Cunha and Francisco Salomão (Brazil); Arturo Zuleta, Eugenio Poch, Pedro Aros, and Sergio Valenzuela (Chile); Graciela Zuccaro and Hugo Pomata (Argentina); and Fernando Rueda Franco (Mexico)

Mentions: Four district hospitals, five tertiary care public hospitals, and two social security hospitals attend to a vast majority of the population (65%) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. One of them is the Japanese university hospital [Figure 7a], a 200-bed tertiary hospital that was created in 1986 through a donation from Japan. In 1991, we began neurosurgery residency; and in 1994, we opened the new pediatric neurosurgical unit. In the capital city, there are four neurosurgical departments and two pediatric neurosurgical units. In Santa Cruz de la Sierra, there are 25 neurosurgeons, making a neurosurgeon-to-patient ratio of 1:112,000, close to the average of South America or Europe.[10] Today, 10 computed tomography scanners and four magnetic resonance imaging machine serve the people of Santa Cruz. Cerebral digital angiography can be performed only on the private area, and there is neither a single-photon emission computed tomography scan nor a positron emission tomography scan.


The history of neurosurgery in Bolivia and pediatric neurosurgery in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Dabdoub CF, Dabdoub CB - Surg Neurol Int (2013)

(a) Japanese university hospital in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and (b) the first Latin American Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (2002). As invited guests, the professors who attended were Artur da Cunha and Francisco Salomão (Brazil); Arturo Zuleta, Eugenio Poch, Pedro Aros, and Sergio Valenzuela (Chile); Graciela Zuccaro and Hugo Pomata (Argentina); and Fernando Rueda Franco (Mexico)
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Figure 7: (a) Japanese university hospital in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and (b) the first Latin American Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (2002). As invited guests, the professors who attended were Artur da Cunha and Francisco Salomão (Brazil); Arturo Zuleta, Eugenio Poch, Pedro Aros, and Sergio Valenzuela (Chile); Graciela Zuccaro and Hugo Pomata (Argentina); and Fernando Rueda Franco (Mexico)
Mentions: Four district hospitals, five tertiary care public hospitals, and two social security hospitals attend to a vast majority of the population (65%) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. One of them is the Japanese university hospital [Figure 7a], a 200-bed tertiary hospital that was created in 1986 through a donation from Japan. In 1991, we began neurosurgery residency; and in 1994, we opened the new pediatric neurosurgical unit. In the capital city, there are four neurosurgical departments and two pediatric neurosurgical units. In Santa Cruz de la Sierra, there are 25 neurosurgeons, making a neurosurgeon-to-patient ratio of 1:112,000, close to the average of South America or Europe.[10] Today, 10 computed tomography scanners and four magnetic resonance imaging machine serve the people of Santa Cruz. Cerebral digital angiography can be performed only on the private area, and there is neither a single-photon emission computed tomography scan nor a positron emission tomography scan.

Bottom Line: Neurosurgical development in Bolivia has its origins in the late 19(th) century and can be divided in two stages.Nowadays, our national society has 74 members.It is affiliated with the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and the Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Division of Neurosurgery, Japanese University Hospital, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

ABSTRACT
The practice of neurosurgery in Bolivia began thousands of years ago with skull trepanation. This procedure dates from the earliest period of the Tiwanaku culture, a preInca civilization. Neurosurgical development in Bolivia has its origins in the late 19(th) century and can be divided in two stages. At the beginning, before the advent of neurosurgery as a discipline, some general surgeons performed procedures on the skull and brain. Formal neurosurgery in Bolivia was developed with the arrival of neurosurgeons trained in the United States and some countries of South America. The Bolivian Neurosurgical Society was created in 1975. Nowadays, our national society has 74 members. It is affiliated with the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and the Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Presently, neurosurgery in Bolivia is similar to that seen in developed countries. In this sense, government programs should dedicate more financial support to establish specialized healthcare centers where the management of complex central nervous system lesions could be offered. In contrast, we believe that encouraging the local training of young neurosurgeons is one of the most important factors in the development of neurosurgery in Bolivia or any other country.

No MeSH data available.


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