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Orthopaedic or Orthopedic ?

17 October 2015

The word Orthopaedic first appeared in the literature in 1741. On coined by French physician Nicolas Andry (1658-1742), professor at the University of Paris, from the Greek words “orthon”* and “paidion”**.                                *orthon = rectum     ** paidion = child

Later it was found that the word Orthopaedics is a misinterpretation of the original term, either because the French word ” orthopedique ” attributed incorrectly to ” e ” after the French the ” e ” attributed to ” ae ” as the words pedogogie = pedagogical, pediatrique = pediatric or because of the etymological association of the words “orthon + pedi (rectum + brake)”, pedisis, foot, Latin pes-pedis etc.

The first term Orthopaedic was essentially referring to the correction of congenital malformations in children.

Subsequent term refers to dressing, walking, legs and neither he is full to cover the current range of specialty which includes all diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

Both conditions are right but the point is history. A foreign scientist 270 years ago honoring the Greek language first uses the word, later accepted by the International Orthopaedic Community and by the Academy of American Orthopaedic Surgeons and therefore perhaps we need to respect the historical origins of the name.



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