Surgery, Science and Industry

A Revolution in Fracture Care, 1950s–1990s

  • Authors
  • Thomas Schlich

Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: The AO

    1. Thomas Schlich
      Pages 1-5
  3. Setting up a Network, 19S0s–1970s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Thomas Schlich
      Pages 9-27
    3. Thomas Schlich
      Pages 28-45
    4. Thomas Schlich
      Pages 86-109
    5. Thomas Schlich
      Pages 110-137
  4. Coping with Success, 1970s–1990s

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 260-349

About this book


This book charts the history of the worldwide introduction of an operative treatment method for broken bones, osteosynthesis, by a Swiss-based association, called AO. The success of the close cooperation between the AO's surgeons, scientists and manufacturers in establishing a complicated and risky technique as a standard treatment sheds light on the mechanisms of medical innovation at the crossroads of surgery, science and industry and the nature of modern medicine in general.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-43181-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51328-0
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