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Musculoskeletal Medicine Educational Reform in the Bone and Joint Decade*
Joseph Bernstein, MD1; Toby King, CAE2; George V. Lawry, MD3
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 424 Stemmler Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6081. E-mail address: orthodoc@post.harvard.edu
2 United States Bone and Joint Decade, 6300 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Division, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242
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This article is published simultaneously in the October 2007 issue of Arthritis Care & Research (Arthritis Rheum. 2007;57:1109-11), with the permission of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.

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J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2007 Oct 01;89(10):2308-2311. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.G.00543
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The burden of musculoskeletal disease is vast. Although these diseases may lack the cachet of more immediately life-threatening conditions (such as cancer or stroke), musculoskeletal problems are worthy of increased attention, as the amelioration of bone and joint disease can certainly enhance life, if not extend it.Buoyed by the accomplishments of the Decade of the Brain (1990-2000), the international community of musculoskeletal physicians and scientists came together in Sweden in 1998 to found the Bone and Joint Decade1,2. The specific purpose of this group was to confront the growing burden of musculoskeletal disorders through raising public awareness of the problem and improving prevention, treatment, and research.
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