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History

BEGINNING OF Acta Ortopedica Mexicana

Taken from the document prepared to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Mexican Orthopedic Society written by Dr. Luis Gómez Velázquez

One of the complementary tasks of medicine is the dissemination of knowledge and to achieve this, we have medical journals. Writing is an essential part of the medical profession, it is the final stage and, in some aspects, the most important of scientific research, professional practice and teaching, it implies the publication of the results, which must be done in the best possible way so that the finished work preserves, when communicating its full value and those who read it interpret it accurately. It is said “that work done and not published is as if it had never been done.”

Since its foundation in 1946, the Mexican Orthopedic Society had for its members the need to disseminate knowledge, the experience of their professional practice, as well as teaching among the medical community. Until that moment, knowledge was obtained from foreign books and Journals, especially French-speaking, which were sources of undoubted teaching, but did not reflect the reality of medical practice at the orthopedic level in Mexico.

Thus, the first stage of the Journal of the Mexican Orthopedic Society began in January 1950, under the name of Anales de Ortopedia y Traumatología. The first Editorial Committee was made up by Alejandro Velazco Zimbrón MD, Ernesto Miranda Ortiz MD, Joaquín Carmona Paulin MD and Pedro Rosas Balanzario MD, president of the Society in that time, who gave all the support for the creation of the journal.

The first editorial was signed by Ernesto Miranda Ortiz MD, it spoke of the need to have an organ through which the Orthopedic specialist could make their experience known and disseminate and the fact that the Mexican Orthopedic Society, founded in Mexico City in 1946, released this first issue, its official journal, “Organ of dissemination of the scientific activities of Mexican orthopedists.”

As might be expected, despite the fact that all these physicians and teachers, were not good writers, as they had not had the opportunity to follow a formal course in scientific writing and generally did so imitating the style and method of writing other authors, in this case foreign. His writings pointed out two fundamental aspects: the clarity and the ethics of his investigations.

But despite the enormous enthusiasm of the Editorial Committee, which, by the way, had a complete lack of knowledge about the issue, there was not enough financial support to be able to maintain the journal and there was a shortage of articles, this caused irregularity in its publication, which led to his soon disappearance. Leonardo Zamudio MD, for his part, points out that at the II SICOT Congress, held in 1953, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, it was agreed that all Latin American journals should disappear and merge into one: the Revista de Ortopedia and Traumatología, Latin American edition, which was fulfilled by Mexico, a project that failed and quickly made the new journal disappear.

With this issue, we begin a long-cherished longing, which had its genesis, at the same time as the idea of forming the Mexican Society of Latin American Orthopedics and Traumatology, bringing together first the initiators and then the delegates of the various nations of the American continent, which for various reasons could not be carried out previously.

After the founding of the entity that brings us together, we can truly say that we fully entered the second stage of a process of scientific and social purpose, which should provide us with very pleasant satisfactions, the creation of the permanent link could not be delayed, without paralyzing to a certain extent the desire for progress that encourages us all. Through its intermediation we will often be outside the limits of our respective countries, in reciprocity of ideas, suggestions and initiatives, which will be the faithful reflection of the concerns and conquests in the field of our specialty. Its name could not be other than the Latin American Orthopedic and Traumatology Journal, with which it was baptized.

Few specialties within the medical sciences have had a more promising development and expansion like ours, perhaps because certain diseases such as osteoarticular tuberculosis and infantile paralysis, the two most terrible hecatombs in the history of man, claimed it. At his time with urgency, providing it with the human material, which was asked to be urgently restored in it’s physical part, within the best possibilities.

By a happy coincidence, few sectors of medicine, such as the specialty that we cultivate with so much vocation and enthusiasm, lend themselves so admirably to its objective dissemination, and this undoubtedly contributes to easy dissemination and knowledge.

The new pathogenic conceptions, the surgical methods or their modifications, the invention of the instruments with which they were carried out, were exposed in a graphic and singularly didactic way. The great benefits of having an entity as a spokesperson were palpable, which would make its apparition every three months. This circumstance would make it easier for its subscribers to give full satisfaction to its existence, it would transmit the knowledge without delay of any novelty and the exchange of points of view, which would allow in due time to select the bibliographic collection, which could then be treated and discussed, if any, in a future congress, with obvious advantages of time and success in preparing the agenda; in a word, the circulation of the journal and its careful reading, basically, would entail having a permanent congress in potential.