Hugh Hampton Young: A pioneer in pediatric urology

K. K. Meldrum, R. Mathews, J. P. Gearhart

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Purpose: Hugh Hampton Young (1870-1945) is regarded as a major force in urology during the first half of the 20th century. While he is acknowledged for many advances in open and transurethral prostatic surgery, his contributions to pediatric urology have been less well recognized. Materials and Methods: The manuscripts and autobiography of Hugh Hampton Young were reviewed and major contributions to pediatric urology were identified. Patient records corresponding to these areas were then obtained from the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives and reviewed. Results: Hugh Hampton Young was the first clinically to recognize and surgically treat posterior urethral valves, the first to develop a procedure to correct incontinence in patients with the epispadias-exstrophy complex and the first to describe bilateral subtotal adrenalectomy for virilization secondary to congenital adrenal hyperplasia. He was successful in his endeavors and his techniques are still in use today or have become the building blocks of future modifications. Conclusions: The contributions of Hugh Hampton Young to pediatric urology were numerous. In addition to his accomplishments in academic and adult urology, Young should be recognized as a true pioneer in pediatric urology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1415-1417
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Abnormalities
  • Adrenal glands
  • Medical history
  • Modern
  • Pediatrics
  • Urology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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