WWII Orthopaedic Surgeons Honored in 'Legacy of Heroes' Exhibit At Arizona Health Sciences Library

A traveling exhibit honoring the contributions of orthopaedic surgeons during World War II at AHSC.
A traveling exhibit honoring the contributions of orthopaedic surgeons during World War II opens Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
The public is invited to view the Legacy of Heroes exhibit at no charge. The library is open to the community from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons developed the Legacy of Heroes exhibit and supporting web site and book to preserve the wartime stories of its members and the advances in orthopaedic surgery during WWII.

More than 100 orthopaedic surgeons - all World War II veterans now in their 70s and 80s - were interviewed to record and preserve their individual experiences. The multimedia traveling exhibit showcases individual veterans through artifacts, photographs and personal memoirs.

Many of the veterans entered the war as medics or litter-bearers and then were pushed forward as necessary to treat the wounded. Often they received formal training as orthopaedic surgeons after the war. The sheer number of the wounded created opportunities to attempt bold new surgical techniques. The intricacies of hand surgery, prosthetics and spine surgery were developed and refined as orthopaedic surgeons treated tens of thousands of casualties.

The Legacy of Heroes exhibit runs through Nov. 1 at the AHS Library. Admission is free, as is the lavishly illustrated Legacy of Heroes book that accompanies the exhibit. More information is available at www.legacyofheroes.aaos.org.

Arrangements to bring the exhibit to the UA are courtesy of the Arizona Health Sciences Library and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UA College of Medicine.