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September 25, 2002

Orthopedic History: The Evolution of Orthopaedic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(12):1529-1530. doi:10.1001/jama.288.12.1529

Evolution is not a force, but a process.—John Viscount Morley, On Compromise (1874)

Why another history of orthopedics? We already have orthopedic history and biography well documented in general medical histories, such as Garrison (History of Medicine, Charles C Thomas, 1954), Sigerist (A History of Medicine, Oxford University Press, 1951), and Major (A History of Medicine, Charles C Thomas, 1954). Keith's Menders of the Maimed (Lippincott, 1919), Bick's Source Book of Orthopaedics (William & Wilkins, 1937), and Mercer Rang's The Story of Orthopaedics (WB Saunders, 2000)1 are more focused accounts of the specialty. And no text can surpass David LeVay's History of Orthopaedics (Parthenon Publishing Group, 1990) as a comprehensive repository of detailed source material.