Who’s Who in Orthopedics, edited by Seyed
Behrooz Mostofi, has 10 contributors from the United Kingdom, Canada, and
Malaysia. It presents an impressive array of 278 biographies of the giants
of orthopedics from the 16th through the 20th centuries. The biographies are
enlightening and entertaining but vary widely in length and detail.
The five-page account of Abraham Colles details his early life, education,
and professional appointments and his multiple contributions to medicine,
anatomy, surgery, and orthopedics. Dr Mostofi reprints Colles’ classic
1814 treatise describing in detail the anatomy and treatment of the distal
forearm fracture that bears his name. Before his paper, there was hardly a
reference to this common injury in any of the medical literature, and those
treating it believed it was a carpal dislocation. It must be remembered that
Colles’ detailed and accurate description was compiled without confirmation
of his observations by anatomical dissection or radiographic imaging.
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