Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research

, Volume 466, Issue 9, pp 2263–2267

Lewis A. Sayre: The First Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in America

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11999-008-0349-6

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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© The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryDrexel University College of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA