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SECTION I: SYMPOSIUM I: Papers Presented at the 2005 Meeting of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society

Comment on the Classics

Sherk, Henry, H

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Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: September 2006 - Volume 450 - Issue - p 11
doi: 10.1097/01.blo.0000229298.29345.ed
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Codman, Dupuytren, and Ewing all described bone tumors which had not been delineated previously. Codman and Ewing were contemporaries who in the first two decades of the twentieth century had the advantage of using radio- graphic and histologic tissue analysis with a compound microscope to characterize the tumors that are named for them. Dupuytren practiced 100 years earlier and not only lacked radiographs and histology, but also anesthesia and asepsis. Nevertheless, he differentiated osteosarcomas from other musculoskeletal diseases such as tuberculosis, and his classic paper provides more modern surgeons with an appreciation of the difficulties patients and their surgeons faced in those earlier years.

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