September 1995 AAOS Report

Implants exhibit at the OLC

The Orthopaedic Learning Center is the new home for the Committee on the History of Orthopaedic Surgery's exhibit of orthopaedic implants. The exhibit is considered to be one of the most extensive of its kind in the world. Former Academy president and chairman of the committee, Rocco A. Calandruccio, MD, was responsible for personally collecting many of the implants included in the exhibit. The exhibit is comprised of three displays - internal fixation devices; evolution of total hip arthroplasty; and evolution of total knee arthroplasty. "Although interest in the exhibit was always high when shown at the Academy's Annual Meeting, the wear and tear on the exhibit cases was considerable," said Dr. Calandruccio. "Given the fact that we expect more than 2,000 orthopaedic surgeons to visit the Orthopaedic Learning Center every year, we felt that a permanent home would be the best way to showcase these fascinating pieces of orthopaedic history as well as preserve them for future generations."

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