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We present this exceptional work exclusively. It lays the scientific and medical basis of the specialty and essential for integration into the Hydroglobe Project.

"To all those who worked and believed in this noble task of providing health to our people from the thermal resources and friends from other countries who have needed it."

Portada del libro Guía de la buenas prácticas // Prof. Dr. Rafael Ledesma

With this expression of appreciation begins the first "Good Practice Guide for Medical Hydrology" which was unveiled at the 2014 International CUBA FEMTEC-Symposium. A must-read book that collects the entrepreneurial spirit of this country, lucky in water and thermal resources, and men of science engaged in the development and application of therapeutic benefits of thermal waters on the health of the Cuban people.

Defined as methodical, instructive and guiding work, it is the result of eight years of continuous work and multiple bibliographic reviews, consultations and inputs of skilled professionals,regardless of specialty.

An extraordinary teamwork through national workshops, visits to all provinces, national and international events and particularly the First National Basic Course on Medical Hydrology, completed in February 2012. A significant task that allowed Cuba to develop the first version of the Guide of Good Practice for Medical Hydrology, unpublished work with these parameters in Latin America. At the same time was the first step to insert Cuba as a country with recognized expertise in Hydroglobe Project prepared by FEMTEC and coordinated by Dr. Florana Menéndez, FEMTEC Vice President and Head of Project for Latin America.

In the preface of Jesus Montane Oropesa ( excerpt from his speech at the second National Day of Hydrotherapy on May 17, 1993 which is included in the book " Montane and Cures " of René Montes de Oca it is stated that " National Program we have set carries a moral duty, an obligation policy, an economic imperative , a scientist will, calls for concrete and measurable actions, urge you to continue working with the same enthusiasm and dedication...”

The historical development of Medical Hydrology ( Hydrotherapy ) in Cuba is the starting point to understand the true dimension of wealth in therapeutic resources of this country and the role that provided scientific societies such as the Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Havana where the first items on the chemical composition of the thermal waters of Cuba - Annals of the Academy are published - and were reported from 1872 to 1909.

Although undoubtedly the historic data of universal relevance is from the year 1632 when the village of San Diego de los Baños sits and the first cases are attended in 1700. Baron Humboldt , Cirilo Villaverde , Dr. Francisco Antommarchi ( Doctor of Napoleon) , Carlos Manuel de Céspedes , Vicente Aguilera and other illustrious figures receive the benefits of the thermal waters of San Diego de los Baños and other places of Western Cuba . In 1797 the first water analysis was made, and in 1828 Abbie Abbot writes about the healing properties of water.

The work discloses the different stages of scientific development in Cuba that began in 1945 with the creation of the National Institute of Medical Hydrology and Medical Climatology ( INHCM ) under the direction of Dr. Victor Santamarina Salanueva, eminent rheumatologist. The Institute worked in the SPA of San Diego de los Baños , and this led to the achievement of many benefits: balneological medical sheet was established, laboratory tests and X-rays were performed, yearbooks about the benefits of water have been published.

The period between 1959 to 1995, and the support of Jesus Montane Oropesa, deputy director of the National Institute of the Tourism Industry (ININT) was instrumental in the launch in 1984 of the Comprehensive Program for the Development of Natural Mineral Waters, mineral-medicinal waters and peloids in Cuba. The Hydrotherapy National Group (TNG) is created and the stage ends with the reconstruction of Balneario de San Diego de los Baños, the Eco Spa Menendez, the modern Elguea Thermal Unit, remodeling Spa Ciego Montero, the the creation of the Spa Cuquita, numerous natural mineral water facilities were remodeled, and the prospecting of natural mineral water, mineral-medicinal waters and peloids were promoted.

In the following stages, 1996 to 2003, the National Center for Cures "Victor Santamarina" (CENTERVISA) is created. The center organizes the system of science and technology, publishing books and scientific articles, patents and registrations of products and software. The stage from 2004 to 2009 opens a new period with the creation of the National Center for Natural and Traditional Medicine (CENAMENT) and appoints in April 2005 Dr. Rafael Ledesma Rosa as responsiblefor the Hydrotherapy activity.

The research, national workshops and an International Congress, are part of the great effort of the professionals in this period that culminated in the extinction of CENAMENT to open a new phase from 2010, developing research, health care, teaching and methodological work with Hydrotherapy (Medical Hydrology) now Department of Medical Hydrology of the National Rehabilitation Centre "Julio Díaz".

Visita de los expertos de FEMTEC al Centro de Talasoterapia Cayo Coco // La heliotalasoterapia y los peloides, terapias que se aplican en el Centro de Cayo Coco

Prof. Dr. Rafael Ledesma, president of the Cuban Society of Medical Hydrology and lead author of GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE FOR MEDICAL HYDROLOGY, refers to the historical value for the country that represented the year 1945 and the figure of Dr. Victor Santamarina . "The illustrious rheumatologist made ​​a great scientific work and after completing previous studies in Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the United States designed a development strategy with great affinity of the concepts that were handled in these countries and transmitted from generation to generation , hence Cuba has training in Medical Hydrology of the same European School, "said the president.

Without discarding the information received from the former Soviet Union "which has its values ​​in the development of spas and medical hydrology" Dr. Ledesma stressed that in essence "80% of the medical scientist-training we have today in Cuba comes from the European school, mainly from France, Italy and Spain.

The Good Practice Guide, promoted by the National Center for Rehabilitation "Julio Díaz", Department of Medical Hydrology and the National Methodological Department of Medical Hydrology. In addition to the Pan American Health Organization and the Ministry of Public Health has the technical support from PAHO / WHO offices. With the collaboration of leading experts linked to the Department of Medical Hydrology, members of the Cuban Society of Medical Hydrology and professors and researchers of University and Medical Sciences of Havana.

The work outlined in hundred and twenty pages, evaluation of therapeutics of Hydrotherapy under medical form relying on scientific evidence of Medical Hydrology. Basic concepts and
definitions. General therapeutic guidelines and objectives of the spa therapy. Peloids. Medical Climatology. Health Spas and Heliotalasoterapia of Cuba. In addition to a spa dictionary, recommendations and references.

This comprehensive review of the history of Medical Hydrology, is the essential foundation for understanding the great effort made to reach the current optimal timing of Medical Hydrology in Cuba, a country that leads the Cures in Latin America.

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In the photo at right:  Prof. Rafael Ledesma and Prof. Arsenio Veicsteinas, Dean School of Exercise Sciences University of Milan and Member of the Scientific Commission of FEMTEC, along with other experts, during the visit to Thalassotherapy Centre Key Coco. Cuba
In the photo at right: Prof. Rafael Ledesma and Prof. Arsenio Veicsteinas,
Dean School of Exercise Sciences University of Milan and Member
of the Scientific Commission of FEMTEC, along with other experts,
during the visit to Thalassotherapy Centre Key Coco.Cuba.


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