AAOS recognizes WWII Heroes. (Public Education).
It was a story that begged to be told--how orthopaedic surgeons saved soldiers' lives and limbs during World War II while risking their own. The American Academy The American Academy in Berlin is a non-partisan academic institution in Berlin. It was founded in September 1994 by a group of prominent Americans and Germans, among them Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Richard von Weizsäcker, Fritz Stern and Otto Graf Lambsdorff and opened in of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont is a village in Cook County, Illinois, founded in 1956. The population was 4,224 at the 2000 census.
Rosemont is located at (41.990730, -87.873816)GR1. , spent 2 1/2 years developing a comprehensive multimedia project, Legacy of Heroes, to tell the tale. Components include a 50-minute documentary film, "Wounded in Action A casualty category applicable to a hostile casualty, other than the victim of a terrorist activity, who has incurred an injury due to an external agent or cause. The term encompasses all kinds of wounds and other injuries incurred in action, whether there is a piercing of the body, as in ," that features the firsthand accounts of 18 WWII WWII
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WWII World War Two surgeons; Web site (www.legacyofheroes.aaos.org); commemorative book; and traveling exhibit.
AAOS staff writer Carolyn Rogers gives a detailed account of how the association project evolved in the May issue of Forum, published by the Association Forum of Chicagoland The Association Forum of Chicagoland is a non-profit professional organization for association professionals and supplier-partners. As of 2007, it serves over 4,000 members. . For example, members helped identify more than 120 fellow orthopaedists who had served in WWII and who were wiling to share their stories. Of the 18 people selected to participate in the film, 12 were filmed in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , and 6 were filmed on location in Normandy, France, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, reports Rogers. Her article also notes that the project's comprehensive Web site offers a brief film trailer for "Wounded in Action" as well as the original transcripts of telephone interviews with surgeons whose stories do not appear in either the AAOS book or film.
Part of the untold story is how the WWII experience contributed to significant medical advances. "The sheer numbers of the wounded compelled orthopaedists to attempt bold new surgical techniques, resulting in amazing advances in treatment," notes William W. Tipton, Jr., AAOS executive vice president, in the Forum article. "So many advances occurred. The birth of hand surgery as a science, prosthetics, spine surgery, internal and external fixation external fixation
The fixation of a fractured bone by a splint or plastic dressing.
external fixation Orthopedics Open reduction, stabilization and use of external fixators to manage fracture bone fragments , joint replacement, bone fusion, and the use of antibiotics were further developed, to name just a few."
AAOS's Legacy of Heroes received the 2003 Association Programming Achievement Award from the Association Forum of Chicagoland.