Books, film celebrate 75 years of orthopaedics

By: Carolyn Rogers

By Carolyn Rogers

The Academy’s 75th Anniversary project, “Embracing the past. Branching into the future,” illustrates many of the orthopaedic challenges and successes of the past 75 years. As orthopaedists solved many of the challenges posed by scoliosis, osteoarthritis, and orthopaedic trauma, the field of orthopaedic surgery evolved into the highly regarded specialty it is today. Documented through AAOS members’ compelling stories, photographs, and artifacts, this powerful history has been distilled into two coffee table books and a film—“now showing” in Moscone North.

The 75th Anniversary exhibit is set up in Moscone West.

Moving Pictures, the film
The historical film, “Moving Pictures,” depicts the past 75 years of orthopaedic innovation and development by researchers, surgeons, industry, and happenstance. The story is conveyed largely through the personal stories of orthopaedic surgeons and patients. “Orthopaedic Allegro” is a stunning visual display of photographs from the last 75 years set to heart-pounding music with a moving tribute to orthopaedics in the 20th century.

The film is running continuously in a theatre in the lobby of Moscone North. The film is also available as a DVD. Visit the public relations booth in the lobby of Moscone South to order your free copy.

Moving Stories, the book
Moving Stories: Seventy-five Years of Orthopaedic Surgery
is rich with images, personal stories, and timelines noting significant events in the history of orthopaedics. This historical coffee table book portrays the history of orthopaedics with brilliant color photographs and vibrant stories.

For your own free copy of Moving Stories, stop by the public relations booth in the lobby of Moscone South.

Getting It Straight: A History of American Orthopaedics
This historical reference book is a straightforward accounting of orthopaedics in America. Written by Henry H. Sherk, MD, the ambitious text, Getting It Straight: A History of American Orthopaedics, documents the development of the specialty, historical markers, and medical advances in areas such as fracture care, manipulation, and surgery.

It also provides a history of the AAOS and other orthopaedicsocieties.

Flip through the book yourself by visiting the Resource Center in Moscone South. It is available for purchase; the cost is $95 for nonmembers, $75 for members, and $60 for residents.

Thanks to our 75th Anniversary sponsors
The AAOS wishes to acknowledge and thank our 75th Anniversary program sponsors:

Diamond—DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson Co.; Platinum—Zimmer, George M. Boswell Jr., MD, Fund for Orthopaedic Surgery, Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation; Gold—Smith & Nephew, Stryker, Orthopaedic Marketing Group; Silver—Kyphon, Inc., Medtronic Sofamor Danek, in coordination with the Museum of Spinal Surgery, Synthes USA, GE Healthcare, sanofi~aventis, Genzyme; Bronze—Biomet, Inc., Paragon Medical, Inc., Bledsoe Brace Systems, Canon Medical Systems, Townsend Design, Lafitt, S.A., Sawbones, and the Diversity Advisory Board in honor of Laura Tosi, MD