Obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia in Latin-America

  • Alfredo Néstor Cattaneo


In 1954 the anaesthesia community in Argentina received a visit from Manuel Martínez Cubelo, a Cuban anaesthesiologist, who gave a lecture on epidural anaesthesia. He had developed a continuous epidural technique using a ureteric catheter.1 This event marked the start of modern obstetric anaesthesia practice in Argentina and in many Latin American countries. Parsloe, a Brazilian anaesthesiologist, is quoted as saying in 1984: “the epidural researches in Latin America had a great development thanks to the important studies from Usubiaga and Wikinski presented in 1964 at the III World Congress of Anaesthesiolgists in Sao Paulo, Brazil”.2 Indeed, Latin-American obstetric anaesthesia/analgesia has been following, or in some cases leading, modern advances in anaesthesiology, but unfortunately many of these contributions have been overlooked by the rest of the world because they have been published only in Spanish or Portuguese.


Caesarean Section Epidural Anaesthesia Latin American Country Dominican Republic Caesarean Section Rate 
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