The Annual meeting of the Girdlestone Orthopaedic Society was successfully held in Corfu and the Society's thanks go to Vasillios and Hennie for their hard work in the organisation. There were some fascinating talks and the social events were outstanding.
Unfortunately it is with great sadness that we have to report that John Hart passed away on his way home to Australia. He had contributed and enjoyed the meeting and had felt better than he had for sometime. Our thoughts and prayers go to Jan his wife. Some pictures of John at the meeting can be viewed here.
Professor Josep Trueta and his colleagues founded this society in 1950. Membership is open to all those who have spent a significant part of their training in orthopaedics in Oxford. There is an annual three day scientific conference. At its founding the following paragraph was written which reflects the Society's 'mission statement', as it would now be defined:
'As the years go by most of us feel an increasing admiration and gratitude to those who are responsible for our upbringing and we feel an increasing appreciation for your friendship and understanding among people. Some of the men that owe their orthopaedic training to the school built by Girdlestone and who feel that it provided for them not only a school but in the intellectual sense a family as well, feel the need for an organisation that will keep alive the spirit of this family" [G.Mineiro 1958].