Rare conditions present to individual orthopaedic surgeons several times a year.
Unfortunately its usually not the same rare condition. These difficult problems
stimulate each surgeon into researching the condition and gaining a good deal of
expertise. For one reason or
another this expertise is not kept up, not communicated, lost. The next surgeon to come up
against this problem may never get a chance to gain from this expertise.
With the arrival of the Internet the barriers to publishing and
distributing information have been lowered. O.R.C.I.D.,
Orthopaedic Rare Conditions Internet Database, has been set up to form a repository
for this type of information and to encourage participation.
To exemplify the concept 11 cases have been collected and posted on the site. They
originate from the editors experience and from cases posted elsewhere on the
Internet. Each condition is illustrated with case presentations, a bibliography and a
discussion page. The aim of this presentation is to publicize the concept and solicit
contributions to the database.