"He was a collector of information not notoriety," was how
Leonard Goldner described Samuel L. Turek, the original author of this text.
The first edition, written entirely by Dr. Turek and published in 1959, was
prefaced, "This book was born of a desire to compile scientifically
accurate information relating to orthopaedic surgery and to formulate a method
by which these facts are readily accessible." The book achieved those
goals and Dr. Turek edited three subsequent editions, with the last being
published in 1984. The first edition had 906 pages in a single volume, while
the fourth edition contained 1797 pages in two volumes.