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About Orthopaedia

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I. To serve as a on-line Living Text Book of musculoskeletal medicine and orthopedic surgery, collecting the Wisdom of the Crowd to improve education of students, residents and practitioners, thereby improving patient care.

II. To serve as an integrated social network, to foster collaboration and harness crowd intelligence for the betterment of patients.

What is an "Orthopaedia"?

At a simple level, think of Orthopaedia as an "Orthopaedic Encyclopedia" whose readers can use the system to communicate with each other and thereby share, teach and learn. We also hope to honor the classic text of Andry, the book whose title that named the field. (He too spelled it orthopaedia.)

(Note to fans of etymology: the 'paedia' in both words refers to child. Andre defined a field interested in correcting deformity, ie making 'straight' (orthos) children. An encyclopedia is book whose range was thought to be complete for the education of children.)

(Note to rabid fans of etymology: the best discussion on this topic was given by Diab)

Who is behind Orthopaedia?

The Orthopedia project is sponsored by the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, an organization whose primary mission is to "disseminate orthopaedic knowledge".

Atlassian supports our efforts by contributing Confluence, the professional wiki, to our organisation.

Atlassian is an innovative Australian software company providing enterprise software solutions to the world's leading organisations. Atlassian's newest software product, Confluence is a knowledge management tool designed to make it easy for a team to communicate: sharing information, collaborating on documents and brainstorming ideas, all in a single web-based location. Try it for yourself today.

Orthopaedia Timeline

If you are reading this, at the very least a nascent form of orthopedia exists!

Orthopedia began as a Table of Contents, also known as The CORR Curriculum (a term suggested by Dr Stuart Green). "Early adopters", ie zealots, are gradually posting articles. It is hoped that when critical mass is achieved a Tipping Point will be reached and orthopedia will be the primary destination of a community of regular readers and writers.

How Orthopaedia Differs from a Textbook

  • The table of contents is not fixed--if you think there should be an article on Ancient Semitic Languages or Platonic Epistemology in an orthopedia, please write one!
  • Anybody can write
  • Anybody can edit
  • Authors can hotlink to references, other websites and various media

What is Great about Orthopaedia

Because Anybody can write and Anybody can edit, over time Orthopedia should evolve to the most accurate and useful education tool in the world of musculoskeletal medicine and orthopedic surgery. To be sure, the wiki format has its doubters


1. We are not giving medical advice!!
2. We do not intend to violate copyright. We follow the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and will remove any content that infringes someone else's copyright. See Copyright Notification Infringement for more details.
3. Articles are posted with the understanding that they can be reproduced for non-commercial purposes as long as appropriate attribution is given in accordance with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License.

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Contact Information

All comments and criticisms should be sent to Joe Bernstein or Christian Veillette , who direct the day-to-day operation.