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June 12, 1967

Bone and Joint Clinicopathological Conferences of the Massachusetts General Hospital

Author Affiliations

Beverly Hills, Calif

JAMA. 1967;200(11):1003-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120240131044

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Dr. Richard C. Cabot started the practice of clinicopathological conferences at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The idea for this method was presented in 1900 by a medical student, Walter B. Cannon, who himself borrowed the idea from his roommate, a student at Harvard Law School.

Castleman and McNeill selected 50 orthopedic cases from the more than 3,000 "Cabot Cases" reported since 1938, in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors have added further material to bring the results up to date. There are additional x-ray films, photographs of gross specimens, and microscopic sections which did not appear in the original publications. The authors dedicate their volume to Dr. Ernest Amory Codman who was one of the first to apply radiology to bone and joint disease. He reported in 1905 on "The Use of X-Rays in the Diagnosis of Bone Diseases."

The book contains some of the earliest discussions on