The present occasion is not only one which calls for congratulation and felicitation to those of us who have labored for years for the advancement of orthopedic surgery, but it may also be regarded as being, in some important respects, the semicentennial of the birth of this important branch of surgical science. It seems, therefore, a proper occasion to refer to the stirring events of fifty years ago which marked the strenuous activities of such men as Davis, Taylor, Sayre and Knight, whose genius and abilities have made possible the development of the orthopedic surgery of to-day, and whose contributions to surgery have, among other important events, resulted in the formation of this important Section of the American Medical Association.
Fifty years ago, May 1, 1863, the New York Hospital for the Relief of the Ruptured and Crippled, opened its doors for the treatment of patients at 97 Second Avenue,
SHAFFER NM. THE ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY OF FIFIFTY EYEARSO WITH SOME EE TI ISCENISCENCES AND. JAMA. 1913;61(17):1524–1525. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350180024008
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