The following stories are excerpts from Moving Stories: 75 Years of Orthopaedics. The historical coffee table book portrays the history of orthopaedics with brilliant color photographs and vibrant stories.

Arresting Development

Paul Harrington, MD

When Paul Harrington, MD, presented his paper to his colleagues at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Chicago in 1958, the Harrington rodding procedure was met with astonishment and deep skepticism.
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From Russia With Love

Gavriil Ilizarov, MD

During those darkened years of the Eastern Front, when German Panzers pounded their way into the heart of the Soviet Union, Jews of any means fled wherever possible—even into the wilds of Siberia.
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Getting Him Back in the Game

Chad Courtney

It was a warm afternoon in May 1993, and like dozens of other families in Mt. Zion, a suburb of Decatur, Illinois, the Courtney family was finishing up the yard work.
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Hand-Me-Down

Sterling Bunnell, MD

Hand surgery was nearly nonexistent prior to World War II.  Although hands were by far the most commonly injured body part (and remain so today), trauma to the small bones of the hands presented technical and surgical challenges that were very difficult to overcome early in the 20th century.
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Iraq War

Donald Gajewski, MD

Donald Gajewski, MD, Director of Surgical Services in the Amputee Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was stationed at the Combat Support Hospital in Balad, Iraq, in 2004 and at the Army Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany in 2005.
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One Hip Doctor

Sir John Charnley, MD

Due to the omnipresent and disabling nature of arthritis of the hip socket, surgeons have been searching for more than a century to find a satisfactory solution to this debilitating and painful condition.
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Out of Sierra Leone

Olabisi Claudius-Cole, MD

When Olabisi Claudius-Cole, MD, now known affectionately as Dr. Bisi, was growing up in Sierra Leone, she always knew she wanted to carry on her father’s legacy. As a child, Olabisi would often spend time in the clinic watching him.
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Rancho’s Angel

Jacquelin Perry, MD

In the early 1950s, Los Angeles’ Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center positioned itself as one of the country’s leading polio treatment facilities with the opening of its state-of-the-art respiratory center.
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Roller Coasters & Rocket Ships

Jeffrey Galpin, MD

Jeffrey Galpin, MD, the principal investigator who applied the first gene therapy for HIV/AIDS, was like any other athletic kid growing up in Chicago in the early 1950s. He knew, someday, he was going to play for the Chicago Cubs.
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Scoliosis, My Friend

Carol Vesperman Truncale

“It was awful. You’re so embarrassed about going to the doctor as a child anyway, especially as a 10-year-old girl and you’d have to be naked in front of them,” recalls Carol Truncale of her scoliosis treatment back in the late 1940s in Chicago.
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The Bionic Man

Tommy John

It was the last game before the All-Star break in July 1974, and Dodgers pitcher Tommy John was on top of the mound—literally and figuratively. He was fulfilling practically every American male’s childhood dream: not only was the 31-year-old lefty from Terre Haute, Indiana, pitching in the majors, but he also held the best record in the National League, 13–3.
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The Titanium Rib Project

Robert Campbell, MD

There comes a time in everybody’s life when they’re faced with a choice: either step up to the plate and take a swing against all odds—go for the home run—or play it safe.
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Vietnam

Lewis G. Zirkle, Jr., MD

Lewis G. Zirkle, MD, was working on his orthopaedic residency at Duke in 1968 when he got the call. A call that many American men had been dreading. A call to duty. He was drafted.
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World War I

Frederick A. Pottle, MD

Frederick A. Pottle, MD, was assigned to the 8th Evacuation Hospital stationed in France during the battles of Belleau Woods and Chateau-Thierry. The following is an excerpt from his autobiography, Stretchers.
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World War II

Samuel H. Fraerman, MD

Samuel H. Fraerman, MD, served in North Africa with the 16th Evacuation Hospital.  The 16th EVAC took part in the invasions of Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio and leapfrogged up the boot of Italy during the latter half of 1943 to early 1944.
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