A wealth of information exists concerning the biomechanics, indications,
and outcomes associated with the use of the Hoffmann external fixator.
Likewise, much has been written about the history of external fixation of
fractures. However, little is known about the fascinating life of one of the
major figures in its development, Raoul Hoffmann. The purpose of this report
is to fill that void and bring to the attention of those who use his device,
or its variations, the extraordinary career of this very talented surgeon.