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Welcome to the Why Urology podcast with Dr. Todd Brandt.

This podcast is my personal attempt to teach you about your genito-urinary tract, what can go wrong, and how your urologist may just become your superhero.

The name of the podcast comes from my ongoing need to answer the question that I get so often from patients, friends, and family, “Why Urology? Why did you choose to become a urologist?”

Feb 19, 2017

This month the Journal of Urology is celebrating its one-hundredth year of existence. 

 The Journal of Urology was founded in 1917 by Dr. Hugh Hampton Young  

In the early 1900s Urology as a specialty was still in its infancy and Dr. Young felt strongly that the field needed a journal of its own to publish research being done by his department at Johns Hopkins as well as by others around the country.

The foreword in the first issue stated,

“The title of this publication, the ‘Journal of Urology— Experimental, Medical, and Surgical’ expresses briefly the aims, hopes, and ambition of the editors . . .. It is evident that some common meeting place is extremely desirable—some medium in which all types of papers upon the field of common interest may appear—archives of urology—historical, embryological, anatomical, biochemical, pharmacological, pathological, bacteriological, surgical and medical, experimental, and clinical.

Such is what we hope to accomplish in the Journal of Urology …”

For the hundredth anniversary the Journal of Urology editorial team chose a series of articles to be reprinted, along with an editorial comment, that were some of the most impactful papers published in the last century. You can find and read the articles for free at a website set up by the American Urological Association in honor of the 100th anniversary (

In this episode we explore the life of Dr. Hugh Hampton Young.

A historical article  on the life of Hugh Hampton Young was used to provide some of the facts of Dr. Young's life and can be found in the Journal of Urology, Vol. 169, 458–464, February 2003DOI: 10.1097/01.ju.0000045226.67511.71