Lewis A. Sayre: The First Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in America
First Online: 20 June 2008 Received: 29 October 2007 Accepted: 30 May 2008 DOI:
Cite this article as: Zampini, J.M. & Sherk, H.H. Clin Orthop Relat Res (2008) 466: 2263. doi:10.1007/s11999-008-0349-6 Abstract
Lewis Albert Sayre (1820–1900) is considered to be among the founding fathers of orthopaedic surgery in the United States. He studied medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons (now of Columbia University). Sayre later helped establish the first academic department of orthopaedics at the Bellevue Medical College where he served as their first Professor of Orthopaedics. Lewis Sayre treated a considerable diversity of musculoskeletal conditions and meticulously documented them with written notes, sketches, and photographs. As a public figure, his methods were controversial, attracting praise by some and inviting criticism by other prominent members of the international community. He made great strides for physicians, helping to charter the American Medical Association and to establish the weekly publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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