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The Recent Spanish-Portuguese Urologic Congress
A Spanish-Portuguese urologic congress was held recently at Lisbon. A Portuguese urologist, Dr. E. Bastos, who represented his country, suggested that Spanish urologists should go in a body to Lisbon to hold there a joint meeting with their peninsular neighbors. The sessions proved a great success, as Spanish physicians appeared in force. The occasion also paved the way for more cordial scientific relations. Finally, the Portuguese government honored a number of Spanish surgeons with the order of the Espada (sword). In Spain, bullfighters are called espadas, and colloquially surgeons are also nicknamed thus. The new honors have furnished a subject for good-natured banter.
An Odontologist in the National Academy of Medicine
The highest honor a Spanish physician may expect to reach is membership in the exclusive National Academy of Medicine. Each new appointment arouses, therefore, a great deal of interest. The last election proved, however,
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