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Luis Felipe Mencía Papers, 1907-1990 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

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Title: Luis Felipe Mencía Papers, 1907-1990Add to your cart.

ID: CHC0332

Creator: Mencía, Luis Felipe

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 08/20/1990

Formats/Genres: Articles, Drawings, Journals (accounts), Letters, Manuscripts, Pamphlets

Languages: English, French, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Luis Felipe Mencía papers contain correspondence, clippings about medicine and hospitals, as well as the Cuban Medical Conventions in Exile etc., one illustration of the Hospital Mercedes in Cuba, a roster and invitations to various events of the Cuban Society of Surgery, and pamphlets about surgery in Cuba.  It also contains historical issues of periodical publications related to medicine in Cuba and Cuban physicians.  The most important materials of this collection are a lecture offered by Mencía at the special session of the Ninth International Cuban Medical Association Congress, Miami, 1987, and the manuscript of Dr. Mencía's book: Recuerdos de la Cirugía en Cuba,  published in Miami in 1990.  In this collection we also find a photocopy of one speech by Dr. D. González Marmol.

Biographical Note

Luis Felipe Mencía was a medical doctor, professor, and author.

Mencía was born in Havana, Cuba, on April 22, 1922. He went to the Ruston Academy and to the Institute of Secondary Education of Havana from 1927 through 1939. He attended the School of Medicine of the University of Havana and obtained his medical degree in 1946.

Mencía did his first internship at the General Calixto García University Hospital (straight surgical), in Havana, Cuba, from 1947 to 1948. From 1949 to 1953 he acted as assistant resident in surgery at Yale University Hospital.

Dr. Mencía was an important member of different medical societies, in Cuba and the United States, since 1951. He received several academic appointments starting at Yale University School of Medicine, where he served as instructor in thoracic surgery in 1952, and at the University of Havana School of Medicine, from 1954 to 1960, in the same role. He left Cuba as an exile in the early 1960s and was appointed as a fellow in pediatric surgery at the Variety Children's Hospital, Miami, Florida, 1961-1964; clinical instructor in surgery in the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, 1963-1968; and in 1968 he became clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. From 1970 to 1987, Mencía was a senior attending pediatric surgeon at the Variety Children’s Hospital, and in 1988, he was appointed surgeon emeritus at the Variety Miami Children’s Hospital.

Luis Felipe Mencía published 20 medical articles (Spanish and English) on thoracic surgery, pediatric surgery and general surgery. These articles were published in important medical journals in Cuba and in the United States, from 1946 to 1977. His last publication was a booklet titled “Recuerdos de la Cirugía en Cuba” published in 1990 in Miami, Florida. This booklet documents the history of surgery in Cuba during the decades of 1920 to 1960.

Luis F. Mencía died in Miami on July 18, 1990.

Subject/Index Terms

Cubans - Florida - Miami
Medicine - Cuba - History
Menc¡a, Luis Felipe

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please, contact for more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Teresa Mencía, 1990.

Preferred Citation: Luis Felipe Mencía Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Finding Aid by Esperanza de Varona and Myriam de la Rocha, November 1993.  Revisions to the finding aid by Beata Bergen, May 2011. Finding Aid published in Archon by Beata Bergen, May 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: The collection-level record created by Beata Bergen, April 2009.

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Folder 1: Clippings: Cuban Society of Surgery, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Clippings: C. J. Finlay, Award, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Clippings: History of the Surgery in Cuba, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Clippings: "Hospital Mercedes", 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Clippings: Medical Conventions, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clippings: Medicine, 1907-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Clippings: "Recuerdos del Ayer", n.d., 1978-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1971-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Cuban Society of Surgery: Invitations, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Cuban Society of Surgery: Roster, n.d., 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Illustration, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Lecture, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Pamphlets: Doctor Donato González, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Pamphlets: Desarrollo de la Cirugía, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Periodical Publications: Historical Issues: The Journal of Florida Medical Association, August, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Periodical Publications: Pan American Review, Summer 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Publications: Recuerdos de La Cirugía en Cuba: Manuscript, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Publications: Recuerdos de La Cirugía en Cuba, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Speeches: Aróstegui, Gonzalo E., n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Speeches: González Mármol, D., n.d.Add to your cart.

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