The 40s: Tragedy of war spurs orthopaedic advances

By Carolyn Rogers

WWII shapes orthopaedic history

This month’s look back at orthopaedic history focuses on the advances made during the 1940s—a time when war spurred new treatments. Events in this timeline are taken from the Digital Timeline—a feature of the 75th Anniversary Project that takes you on an interactive adventure through more than 1,500 events in the history of orthopaedics. To explore the timeline in its entirety, visit

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