March 12, 2007

Orthopedics, Prosthetics Exhibit to Open at IMSS

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A new exhibit, "Beyond Broken Bones: The Story of Orthopedics and Prosthetics," will open May 5 at the International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) in Chicago, Illinois.

"Beyond Broken Bones" will present a historical overview from early representations of orthopedic treatments in ancient Egyptian art and Hippocratic medicine through the coining of the word "orthopedics" in the 17th century, according to IMSS Director of Programs and Events Keri Schroeder. The exhibit will then focus on the period of rapid progress from the late 19th century through the cutting-edge technologies of the present day, with a view toward the future. In addition, the exhibit will feature case studies on modern and historical orthopedic conditions, as well as past and present therapies. Leonard M. Kliwinski, IMSS curator, said, "We would like visitors to come away from the exhibit with a greater understanding of the historical arc of orthopedics and prosthetics, and to be more informed about treatments for orthopedic conditions, not only as they are today, but how they've developed."

Showcased in "Beyond Broken Bones" will be a broad range of artifacts, from archival documents and artworks representing orthopedic and prosthetic pioneers, to historical objects including ancient bone-cutting tools, Civil War amputation instruments, and early 20th-century artificial limbs. Several contemporary devices will be on display, but the exhibit will also highlight current tools and procedures through audiovisual presentations. Some of the artifacts in the exhibit tell personal stories, such as the prosthetic leg on loan from Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics' president Jeffrey M. Brandt, CPO, which belonged to his grandfather, who lost his leg while serving in the Philippines during World War II.

To date, sponsorship of "Beyond Broken Bones" has been provided by Kyphon, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Zimmer, Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, AlloSource, Biomet Osteobiologics, Integra Foundation, OAD Orthopaedics, Osteotech, Science Care, Wright, Knowledge Enterprises, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, and Acumed, Schroeder said. This project is also supported by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, she added.

The opening of the exhibit will be celebrated with a catered reception from 4-7 PM Saturday, May 5. The reception, sponsored by Kyphon, is free and open to the public, although RSVP is encouraged 312.642.6502 x 3130 or Keri@imss.org). Following the opening, this long-term exhibit will be on view at the Museum for at least three years, Schroeder said.

The International Museum of Surgical Science is housed in a historic landmark mansion located at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive, one-half block south of North Avenue, in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. It is open to visitors Tuesdays through Saturdays, and Sundays beginning May 6, from 10 AM-4 PM. Admission costs $8 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. On Tuesdays admission is free.

For more information about "Beyond Broken Bones" at IMSS, visit www.imss.org/upcomingexhibits.htm

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