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AAOS Now

Published 12/1/2007

Celebrate with AAOS Learn, interact, and have fun with these 75th Anniversary projects

Travel the Digital Timeline
This must-see Digital Timeline takes viewers on an interactive, historical adventure where they can view more than 1,500 events that have taken place over the history of orthopaedics.

Thanks to generous input from a wide range of physicians, patients, researchers, and industry and specialty groups, the Academy was able to create a series of multi-layered, interactive, online digital timelines that dramatically illustrate the history of orthopaedic specialty. The timelines incorporate still images, audio and video clips, and text. One comprehensive database contains all of the timelines, which can be viewed singly or sorted according to 15 specialty and topic areas.

At the Annual Meeting, the Digital Timeline will debut on eight 56-inch plasma screens positioned end-to-end, spanning 40 feet at Moscone Center North. Viewers can use video-game-like controllers to swing through the decades of orthopaedic history.

Enjoy the eMotion Pictures art show
The incredibly popular eMotion Pictures art exhibition created by orthopaedists and their patients has been reprised in honor of the Academy’s 75th Anniversary. The Academy received more than 1,200 pieces of art to be juried for the show. Among the many artists were 48 orthopaedic surgeons and 17 children.

Stroll through the exhibit in Moscone West and admire the more than 200 artworks that sometimes humorously, sometimes poignantly, portray the patient and physician perspective of the orthopaedic specialty. The artworks range in size from a small sculpture that can fit into the palm of your hand to a hand-carved wooden pelvis the size of a bedroom. Each piece represents some aspect of the artist’s feelings toward an orthopaedic condition or a physician-patient partnership, or represents some aspect of the history of orthopaedics.

Take in an historical film
The 75th Anniversary historical film “Moving Stories” reflects on the last 75 years of orthopaedic innovation and development by researchers, surgeons, industry, and happenstance. Set to premiere at the Annual Meeting, the film is produced by the same filmmakers who made the powerful documentary “Wounded in Action”—part of the Academy’s award-winning “Legacy of Heroes” project. The story is conveyed largely through the personal stories of real orthopaedic patients.

Flip through a commemorative coffee table book
Rich with images, personal stories, and timelines noting significant events in the history of orthopaedics, the coffee table book Moving Stories: Seventy-five Years of Orthopaedic Surgery commemorates the Academy’s Diamond Jubilee.

“Get it Straight” with an historical reference book
This hardcover historical reference book, Getting it Straight: A History of American Orthopaedics, uses much of the material garnered during the project’s content collection phase.

Written by Henry H. Sherk, MD, a member of the 75th Anniversary Project Team, the ambitious text documents the development of the specialty, historical markers, and medical advances in areas such as fracture care, manipulation, and surgery, in addition to the history of AAOS and other orthopaedic societies.

Check out the traveling exhibit
Stroll through the traveling exhibit at Annual Meeting and watch the history of orthopaedics unfold before your eyes. Major subject areas include Academy history, the New Century, the War Years, Polio, Scoliosis, Industry, Joint Replacement, Specialties, the Future, and more.

After the Annual Meeting, a portion of the display will become a traveling exhibit, which will be available for use at state and specialty society meetings, residency training programs, universities, and clinics. The design will be similar to the Legacy of Heroes exhibit, which has been a resounding success since its 2003 debut.

Take in a three-dimensional art exhibit
This stunning piece of three-dimensional art is made up of actual and miniaturized pieces of the Academy’s history that will take your breath away. Using a print key, viewers will be able to learn about each of the hundreds of pieces contained in the artwork.

The elaborate 5-foot by 7.5-foot display debuts during the Annual Meeting in Moscone North. After the meeting, the piece will be moved to the lobby of AAOS headquarters in Rosemont, Ill., where it will permanently showcase important historical artifacts and other significant findings of 75th anniversary projects.

Visit the Celebratory Web site
As the 75th Annual Meeting nears, data from both the content collection Web site and the Digital Timeline are being repurposed and incorporated into a new 75th Anniversary Celebratory Web site.

Everything that the 75th Anniversary has to offer—including an online art gallery from eMotion Pictures, contrasting archival images, excerpts from historical research, the coffee table books, film clips, patient stories, and more—can be experienced in one form or another by visiting the new site at: www.aaos.org/75years

If you have any questions, or would like to request additional information about any of the 75th Anniversary projects, please contact Sandra Gordon, (847) 384-4030, e-mail gordon@aaos.org or Addy Kujawa, (847) 384-4033, e-mail kujawa@aaos.org