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July 31, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(5):361-362. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780310039014

Extraordinary publicity has regularly accompanied the meanderings about the United States of Adolf Lorenz, since the time when he first came to this country to treat the daughter of a Chicago packer. Now Dr. Albert Lorenz, the son of Adolf, gazing the American gift horse directly in the mouth, gives his impression of American orthopedic surgery in a lengthy article1 from a public address given before the Society of Orthopedic Surgeons of Vienna in June 1936. The article, citing a number of commonplace observations on the treatment of different orthopedic conditions in this country, contains much that is not only erroneous but somewhat acrid in its criticism and judgment of American orthopedic surgery.

Particularly exasperating are his views on the spirit of American orthopedic surgery in general. This he connects with what he is pleased to call the general American mentality, which according to his description is "a product

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