, Volume 466, Issue 3, p 561,
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Date: 10 Feb 2008

Anthony Frederick DePalma, MD

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My first meeting with Dr. DePalma was in 1957 as an intern in his office on the 6th floor of the Curtis Clinic. He and I spoke for a while about the residency and he looked at me and said, “You know you are going to be 33 years old before you make a plug nickel.” I replied, “Well, I don’t make any money now, so what is the difference?” He laughed and I got the residency. In the next two years, I spent many hours in the operating room with Dr. DePalma and learned quickly how skilled a surgeon he was. He was a master technician: he knew where to put his incision; he was kind to soft tissue; he worked quickly, resulting in minimal blood loss. He performed surgery of the spine, hip, knee, shoulder, foot, ankle, and hand. Well before the advent of sports medicine, he performed surgery on members of the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball team. He was the true general orthopaedist.

Although he would point out things to us during surgery, he expected his residents to know what he was doing. Most of ...

Editor’s Note:
The stories of Dr. DePalma, like those of many other orthopaedic giants, are legion. We include this brief synopsis to provide readers additional insight into the man who contributed so much to our field.
Richard A. Brand, MD