The Indian Orthopaedic Trainees just like trainees elsewhere, need strong foundations in Orthopaedics and Traumatology. When it comes to examinations, however, they need a book which summarises the highlights of an orthopaedic topic. They should be able to go through it quickly and it should present important and factually correct information. In a sense, this is a different recipe for gathering knowledge for ready reference. ‘Orthopaedic Principles’ fulfils such a requirement and as such can be highly recommended for trainees who desire rapid education.
With the coming into being of the Indian Orthopaedic Trainees Association (IOTA), a new forum has come wherein feedback from the trainees is respected and where the trainees work to benefit their community. This is of course with the backing and support of their trainers and of the Indian Orthopaedic Association. The Indian Orthopaedic Trainee while respectful of his trainers, is maturing into an individual who can question, analyse and beg to differ. It is in this climate and culture that this book is born and I hope that the Indian Orthopaedic Trainees Association adopts it as a standard text for trainees.
Dr. Hitesh Gopalan and his team are a bunch of young energetic orthopaedic surgeons who understand the needs and aspiration of trainees and have tried to fulfil them. Dr. Gopalan is the inland coordinator for IOTA and runs a wonderful website on Orthopaedic Principles. I hope his team continues its good work to bring Indian orthopaedic training as a model on the world stage.
Prof. Dr. Ashok N. Johari
M.S. Orth., M.Ch.Orth (Liv), D.N.B. Orth., D.Ortho.,
F.C.P.S., F.R.C.S. (Lon), F.A.M.S.
President, Indian Orthopaedic Association
President, Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of India
President, Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy
Editor in chief, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (B)
Hon. Fellow, British Orthopaedic Association