The Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (S.I.C.O.T.) is about to reach its first fiftieth year of life. In fact it was in the evening of October 10th, 1929, that twenty-one of the foremost orthopaedic surgeons in the world met in Paris and founded the “Societé Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique” (S.I.C.O.)**.
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- The society was given the name “Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique” (S.I.C.O.). On the occasion of the 3rd Congress, held in Bologna in 1935, Vittorio Putti who was chairing the congress, strongly upheld that it was time for a change of the name of the society by adding “et de Traumatologie”. He had to overcome some opposition, but finally the whole assembly of the members approved the new name “Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie”.Google Scholar
- I don’t think the value of E. Vander Elst’s work can at all be diminished if I remark here that, the report on the Bologna Congress, and the renaming of the society (which became Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie) ought to have been a little more complete. In fact Putti must be credited for the new name. E. Vander Elst just mentions that “At the General Assembly of Bologna, the German members voted as a minority against the proposal to add “et de Traumatologie” to the title of the Society”. The proposal had been brought in by Putti, as it clearly appears in the book of the proceedings of the “troisième Congrés de la Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique” — Bologne — Rome, 21–25 September 1936, on page 55 under “Réunion du Comité International“ and on pages 64 and 66, under “Assemblée Générale Rapport du Secrétaire Général”.Google Scholar
- what follows is a translation of the quotation given in Italian in the Book of Proceedings on p. 10.Google Scholar
- Robert William Lovett, born in Beverly, Mass., on 18th Nov. 1859, died in Liverpool on 2nd July 1924 in the house of his old friend Sir Robert Jones. He taught orthopaedics at the University of Harvard, Boston.Google Scholar
- As a matter of fact, Sir Robert Jones and not Putti was appointed president, evidently because of Putti’s generosity in this situation.Google Scholar
- Recueil Administratif du XIII Congrés International de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie, pg. 258.Google Scholar