The "gENESIS" of modern orthopaedics: Portraits of three illustrious pioneers

Berardo Di Matteo, Vittorio Tarabella, Giuseppe Filardo, Patrizia Tomba, Anna Viganò, Maurilio Marcacci

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There are some key figures in medical history whose achievements can be regarded as crucial in the definition of new knowledge and in setting new standards for clinical practice. This manuscript depicts the lives and work of three eminent physicians who were forerunners in the foundation of orthopaedics as an independent medical specialty. They are: Nicholas Andry, Jean-Andrè Venel, and John Ball Brown. The first was the inventor of the name of our discipline, whereas the other two, besides being renowned practitioners, were also the founders, respectively, of the first orthopaedic institutions in Europe and the United States. Therefore, they can be included among the illustrious fathers of modern orthopaedic practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1613-1618
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Orthopaedics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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