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The Emerging Impact of the Information Age on Orthopaedic Surgery* Introduction
Robert Poss, M.D.
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American Orthopaedic Association
*Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association, Sun Valley, Idaho, June 7, 1999.
Address for R. Poss: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115-6110. E-mail address: rposs@partners.org.

J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2000 Oct 01;82(10):1494-1494
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The principles that govern the documentation of orthopaedic surgery have been espoused and practiced since before the advent of the electronic age. E. A. Codman was the first to call for the documentation of results1. Clement B. Sledge was a leader in the development of registries at academic institutions. Maurice E. Müller exhorted us all to carefully document the results of surgery by using standardized nomenclature and by recording and reporting data in formats that readily yield meaning from vast amounts of data2. He stated that it is only by continually reevaluating our results that we can effectively learn, then teach, and, by so doing, move the knowledge base of our profession forward.
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