News Notes

Neuromuscular Skeletal Disorders: Current Concepts in Surgery and Rehabilitation was an outstanding postgraduate course held at the Americana Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, December 12-14, 1969.

The course was sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Committee on Prosthetic Rehabilitation, and Committee on Injuries, in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Medicine. S. Benjamin Fowler, M.D., and George T. Aitken, M.D. are the president and president-elect, respectively, of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The course chairman was Augusto Sarmiento, M.D., Professor, Dept. of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Moderators for the sessions and their topics were: Donald S. Pierce. M.D., Peripheral Nerve Injuries; Clinton L. Compere, M.D., The Amputee: Paul C. Bucy, M.D., The Spinal Cord Injured Patient; Paul C. Bucy, M.D., The Stroke Patient; Philip D. Wilson, Jr., M.D., The Fractured Hip; and Clinton L. Compere, M.D., Functional Casting and Bracing of Fractures.

The Editors especially commend the discussions on the present status of immediate postsurgical fitting by Newton C. McCollough, III. M.D.; and the ambulatory treatment of fractures by Paul W. Brown, M.D., Vert Moonev. M.D., and Augusto Sarmiento. M. D., with William P. Sinclair. C. P. O.

A total of 468 registrants enrolled for the course including 132 physicians, 44 residents, 254 allied health services personnel, and 38 faculty and guests. Forty-five states were represented plus Canada, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and the Virgin Islands.

The 1970 Academy Postgraduate Course in Miami will be held December 7 9th.

A Silastic tendon prosthesis is an adjunct to flexor tendon grafting: an experimental and clinical evaluation. F. Nicolle. Brit J Plast Surg 22:224, 1969

Twenty-six flexor tendon injuries have been repaired with the use of a temporary movable Silastic tendon graft. All cases were considered unfavorable for repair by immediate flexor tendon grafts. Grafts were sutured to the ends of the tendons which were then covered by a thin extension of the silicone rubber. This prevented adhesions of the ends of the tendons to the surrounding soft tissues. All cases had shown encouraging results and the technique would appear to be a very useful adjunct to complex tendon injuries.

(From the Montreal General Hospital. Canada. Reprinted from The Bulletin of the Dow Corning Center for Aid to Medical Research. Volume 11, Number 4, Midland, Michigan, October, 1969.)