Disasters offer lessons, opportunities

In response to recently published reports by orthopaedic surgeons who have responded to the disaster in Haiti, we would like to offer an alternative perspective.

Immediately following the earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, there was a massive outpouring of medical response by orthopaedic practitioners in the United States. This was all well-intentioned and included privately funded individuals, ad hoc “teams,” and teams associated with established nongovernmental organizations.

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