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Books, Journals, New Media
May 25, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(20):2537-2541. doi:10.1001/jama.293.20.2537-a

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.