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Origins of eponymous orthopaedic equipment.

Meals C, Wang J - Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res. (2010)

Bottom Line: Additionally, these stories evidence the primacy of elegant design and suggest that innovation is often a process of revision and refinement rather than sudden inspiration.Their history exposes surgical innovators as brilliant, lucky, hardworking, and sometimes odd.These stories amuse, enlighten, and may inspire modern orthopaedists to develop creative solutions of their own.

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Affiliation: David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, 432 Comstock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. cliftongm@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Background: Orthopaedists make great use of eponymous equipment, however the origins of these tools are unknown to many users. This history enriches, enlightens, and enhances surgical education, and may inspire modern innovation.

Questions/purposes: We explored the origins of common and eponymous orthopaedic equipment.

Methods: We selected pieces of equipment named for their inventors and in the broadest use by modern orthopaedists. We do not describe specialized orthopaedic implants and instruments owing to the overwhelming number of these devices.

Results: The history of this equipment reflects the coevolution of orthopaedics and battlefield medicine. Additionally, these stories evidence the primacy of elegant design and suggest that innovation is often a process of revision and refinement rather than sudden inspiration. Their history exposes surgical innovators as brilliant, lucky, hardworking, and sometimes odd. These stories amuse, enlighten, and may inspire modern orthopaedists to develop creative solutions of their own.

Conclusions: The rich history of the field's eponymous instruments informs an ongoing tradition of innovation in orthopaedics.

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A Luer Lok is shown.
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Fig9: A Luer Lok is shown.

Mentions: The German Otto Luer recognized in the 1880s that a 6% taper applied to a stopper and its corresponding bottle allowed for a secure but impermanent fit. Approximately 50 years later, Fairleigh S. Dickinson, cofounder of Becton Dickinson, patented the Luer Lok fitting, capitalizing on Luer’s taper [29] (Fig. 9).Fig. 9


Origins of eponymous orthopaedic equipment.

Meals C, Wang J - Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res. (2010)

A Luer Lok is shown.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig9: A Luer Lok is shown.
Mentions: The German Otto Luer recognized in the 1880s that a 6% taper applied to a stopper and its corresponding bottle allowed for a secure but impermanent fit. Approximately 50 years later, Fairleigh S. Dickinson, cofounder of Becton Dickinson, patented the Luer Lok fitting, capitalizing on Luer’s taper [29] (Fig. 9).Fig. 9

Bottom Line: Additionally, these stories evidence the primacy of elegant design and suggest that innovation is often a process of revision and refinement rather than sudden inspiration.Their history exposes surgical innovators as brilliant, lucky, hardworking, and sometimes odd.These stories amuse, enlighten, and may inspire modern orthopaedists to develop creative solutions of their own.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, 432 Comstock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. cliftongm@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Background: Orthopaedists make great use of eponymous equipment, however the origins of these tools are unknown to many users. This history enriches, enlightens, and enhances surgical education, and may inspire modern innovation.

Questions/purposes: We explored the origins of common and eponymous orthopaedic equipment.

Methods: We selected pieces of equipment named for their inventors and in the broadest use by modern orthopaedists. We do not describe specialized orthopaedic implants and instruments owing to the overwhelming number of these devices.

Results: The history of this equipment reflects the coevolution of orthopaedics and battlefield medicine. Additionally, these stories evidence the primacy of elegant design and suggest that innovation is often a process of revision and refinement rather than sudden inspiration. Their history exposes surgical innovators as brilliant, lucky, hardworking, and sometimes odd. These stories amuse, enlighten, and may inspire modern orthopaedists to develop creative solutions of their own.

Conclusions: The rich history of the field's eponymous instruments informs an ongoing tradition of innovation in orthopaedics.

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Related in: MedlinePlus