In memoriam: Walter A. Hoyt, Jr., MD

By Peter Pollack

AAOS past president helped spearhead first edition of Orange Book
On March 18, 2007, Walter A. Hoyt Jr., MD, of Akron, Ohio, passed away. Dr. Hoyt served as AAOS president in 1973 and helped develop the first edition of Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured—the “Orange Book,” which remains a standard text for emergency medical services workers across the United States.

“Education must be our modus operandi, now and in the future,” said Dr. Hoyt, upon taking office at the 40th Annual Meeting in 1973. His emphasis on education, he stressed, was “so that you may meet and surpass public and political mandatory requirements which will be facing you.” Of patients, Dr. Hoyt stated, “We must commit ourselves to helping them achieve their expectations.”

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