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On the Shoulders of a Giant

Shin, Alexander Y. MD

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: December 2019 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 151
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0000000000000272

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Alexander Y. Shin, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905. E-mail:

Online date: October 30, 2019

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.

—Sir Isaac Newton

In March 2004, Jesse Jupiter was welcomed by James Doyle as the new Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, which was in its eighth year of publication. During Dr Jupiter’s 15 years in this role, he penned 25 editorials and reviewed 682 papers. When I was brought on as Dr Jupiter’s Co-Editor-in-Chief, little did I know that I would have the privilege to be mentored by one of the Giants of Hand Surgery.

The quote by Sir Isaac Newton sums up what I have learned from Dr Jupiter. Dr Jupiter always recognized the contributions of others to his success and often referenced the concepts and ideas that other Giants of Hand Surgery developed. In reviewing controversial techniques with him as well as participating in numerous panels and scientific programs together, Dr Jupiter taught me that all learning was cumulative, and what we learn is built upon what was learned previously. Solomon in the Book of Ecclesiastes said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Dr Jupiter’s unique perspective helped me realize that even though I thought I had described something unique, it was only a variation of a previously described technique. His openness to accepting the improved version of a previously described technique allowed him to be an exceptional editor for our journal. Finally, Dr Jupiter’s humility is nothing short of remarkable. Despite his extraordinary knowledge of hand surgery, he was always seeking to learn more, understand more, and share more.

Dr Jupiter’s influence and expertise have made the Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery a world-class journal. On behalf of myself, the editorial staff, and all the readers of our journal, we thank you, Dr Jupiter, for your dedication, mentorship, and friendship. And most importantly for allowing all of us to stand on the shoulders of a giant!

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