It is indeed a pleasure to prepare the foreword for vidual surgeons. In addition, it can be read from this text, mainly because I am now a senior ortho- front to back as a history of orthopedics. We are pedist who has known so many of the great ortho- all indebted to S. B. Mosto? for this fascinating pedists who are described in such great detail in book. It is truly a text for everyone who has an this book. Some of the named physicians have interest in orthopedics, and surely should be read been my very close personal friends, many have by orthopedic trainees, faculty members, and been my teachers, professors and colleagues. practicing orthopedists. I suggest it be placed in Indeed, these physicians through their contribu- every library in medical institutions and hospitals. tions have made the ?eld of orthopedic surgery what it is today worldwide. Charles A. Rockwood, Jr. , MD This is a wonderful source of information on University of Texas Health Science Center the interesting lives and contributions of the indi- San Antonio, TX, USA vii PREFACE My obsession with history goes back a long way. To keep the book readable and reasonable in Some years ago I began to focus my curiosity on size, I sadly had to cut down the number of individuals whose names are attached to orthope- entries.