REMOTE TIMES IN THE REVISTA MEDICA DEL URUGUAY
Professor Washington Buño, M.D.
The overwhelming progress of medicine in the latter years forces today’s physicians to
carry out their daily efforts with the purpose of keeping updated. Some areas of
specialization have even seen their diagnostic, therapeutic or preventive procedures
renewed in five year’s time.
In order to respond to this need, periodical publications have regularly brought to the
doctor’s office recent information on scientific research. The very same progress in the
field of medicine and its areas of specialization have resulted in a large increase of
medical journals and in their prices, making it impossible for any doctor to pay for
subscriptions to publications which appear in two or three languages.
However, it is also hard for the medical-scientific research done in our country to be
accepted by foreign journals which are frequently flooded with articles, many of which
are rejected for publication.
It is highly convenient for Uruguay to have journals which regularly publish in an
attractive layout and carry well-screened, good studies.
Undoubtedly, the days when medicine in our country evidenced levels of excellence,
when compared to that of any other country in Latin America, coincided with the days
when periodical medical publications were frequent and of a better quality.
Certain political events that need not to be mentioned, led a notable group of national,
and foreign doctors to get together during the Guerra Grande, contributing to the
creation of an intense cultural site. These combined efforts resulted in the foundation of
“Sociedad de Medicina Montevideana” in 1852, which published the “Annals of the
Medical Association of Montevideo”, whose first book appeared in 1853. A total of 10
issues were published, constituting a praiseworthy publication which covered all fields
of medicine. Apart from the minutes corresponding to the association’s meetings, the