December 2002 AAOS Report

WWII recalled as 'defining event' for modern day orthopaedics

AAOS has initiated an effort to preserve the stories of its members and the orthopaedic specialty during the Second World War. The program, Legacy of Heroes, is a celebration honoring the heroism, dedication and unremembered sacrifices of the 600,000 medical men and women who served in WWII. The Academy has gathered materials, conducted phone interviews, videotaped oral histories and collected artifacts and photographs to document this history. World War II was a defining event for orthopaedics, moving the specialty from the treatment of congenital deformities to the care of traumatic extremity injuries. In fact, the specialty of hand surgery grew out of the experiences of World War II. AAOS is producing a film, book, Web site and traveling exhibit for this special project. All of these program components will premier at the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Morial Convention Center outside the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom.

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