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Dear Colleagues,

Unfortunatelly during last year we sadly had to regret the death
of some of our Colleagues.
Our Newsletter has published in the last issue the obituaries of
As they were well known people I thought of sending a copy of it
through Email.
Their outstanding contribution to Orthopaedic Science and
Biomechanics must not be neglected.


Editor of Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica and member of the SICOT
Editorial Board.

By the time Knud Jansen died, Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica had
become an internationally respected journal, thanks to his
guidance and dedication. All the Board members, and Goran Bauer
himself, took it for granted that he was the man to follow him
as editor. He had served on the Editorial Board more than once
and did so again in 1982.

Goran was outspoken about scientific publications and journals
and made no secret of the fact. He signed the first editorial in
the 1983 edition which had almost one thousand pages.

When Goran took over Acta as the editor, insiders already felt
that radical changes in the world of scientific publishing were
on their way. Goran knew this, indeed had prepared for them and
from the beginning took the lead unhesitatingly.

The changes he brought about in the Acta structure were
revolutionary. His professional life had been devoted to
research, science and teaching and here was his opportunity to
convey his deeply rooted principles all over the world through
Acta. He did this with an indomitable spirit, optimistic
enthusiasm and quite fearlessly.

The headquarters were transferred to Lund. He introduced the
system of desk-top publishing and brought the whole process from
the first correction of the paper to the printing and binding
under his direct control and was always able to count on the
loyal and total support of his co-workers.

The length of the papers was drastically reduced inspite of
grumbling authors. His motto was "Just give me your facts and
findings and I will write the article". In fact, initially, he
re-wrote almost all the papers and provided them with catchy

The 1984 edition he reduced to almost 600 pages but with a higher
information content than ever before.

Acta became his fourth child and he nourished it with great care
and invested innumberable hours in it. No editor was as devoted
to his work as he was. He was highly respected in the
international world of editors and, as a cosmopolitan, enjoyed
discussion with his colleagues all over the world.

It is more than a coincidence that in the most recent June issue
of Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica, the last page contains a book
review. The review is written by Goran and the book is entitled
"How to write a paper". This is Goran's testimony and scientific
will and all of us from Acta, the Board, co-editor, co-workers
and readers, owe a great deal to him.

In the name of the whole Acta family, I offer our most sincere
condolences to Katharina, and to the children Henrick, Marika and

Almost three weeks ago I had my last of many 'phone calls with
Goran. This time we were discussing a manuscript from a Dutch
author, which was worthy material for a supplement. Goran was
enthusiastic. He spoke rather slowly and his voice was weaker
than normal but his message then was that life goes on. We have
indeed lost someone exceptional.

National Delegate - The Netherlands
Chairman of the Editorial Board of
Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica
(from his funeral address)


Prof. Giorgio Monticelli died in June after a short but serious
illness. He was still in active clinical practice.

He gave up his post as Chairman and Teacher in Clinical
Orthopaedics at the Department of Orthopaedics, La Sapienza
University, Rome, at the time of his official retirement some
years ago but continued at the department until his death. He
served it for 50 years, rising from Resident to Professor.

Prof. Monticelli continued to support his pupils' studies and
research throughout his and their careers. He founded and was the
first editor of the Italian Journal of Orthopaedics and
Traumatology. He aslo established strong ties with all the
international orthopaedic societies and was Italian National
Delegate to SICOT from 1975 to 1985. Just a few weeks before his
final illness, he chaired sessions at the famous Roman Academy
of Medicine on the present state of shoulder pathology and
treatment and on rehabilitation in orthopaedics.

In 1963 his teacher, Prof. Carlo Marino Zuco, recommended him as
his successor for the renowned chair of Orthopaedics at La
Sapienza University, Rome. For Giorgo Monticelli this was the
start vector to the summit of his career. He devoted himself to
the development of his department, not only concerning himself
with its structure but also with the cultural activities of his
staff. He laboured in the firm belief that he must provide the
best standards of care for patients and students alike. These
qualities allowed him to remain, not only the uncontested leader
in his department but in the university as well, which was
sometimes the arena of student unrest.

His studies on the pathology of bone callus, vertebral fractures,
multiple injuries, scoliosis and limb lengthening were all
characterised by his dedicated control of experimental and
clinical data. He encouraged clinical innovation but was critical
of the excessive enthusiasms of junior colleages. All discussions
were dominated by a single principle, the patient must benefit
from the treatment, new or old, offered to them.

These qualities made Prof. Monticelli the final source of
reference for many orthopaedic surgeons. This respect was
confirmed by a gold medal awarded by the Ministry of Public
Health and the Star of Merit from Public Education, Culture and
Art. He was particularly proud of the silver medal he received
after rescuing a wounded soldier under fire during the 2nd World

Those of us who have had the honour and privilege to be
associated with him remember his humanity, honesty and humour.
We mourn the loss of his support and personality but will
remember Giorgio Monticelli as a teacher of both Science and

Chairman of Clinical Orthopaedics
La Sapienza University, Rome


Prof. Raymond Roy-Camille died on 14th July, 1994 at the age of
67 after a long and cruel illness borne with great courage, an
awareness of his condition and a fortitude that left his friends
and family deeply moved.

Born in Fort-de-France (Martinique), he always treasured his
links with his native island. His studies and further career took
him to Paris. During his specialty training, he was taught, and
indeed, profoundly shaped, by his admired mentor Robert Judet,
with whom he continued to work at Garches until the first years
of his Professorship (1966-1970).

After some years spent at Poissy Hospital, Raymond Roy-Camille
was made Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in the
Faculty of Medicine of Paris University, and Head of the
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the Piti -
Salp tri re Hospital. After his retirement in 1993 and until his
death, he remained a Consulting Surgeon to that department.

Raymond Roy-Camille was a member of the French Society for
Orthopaedics and Traumatology, and its President in 1989, and of
the French Academy of Surgery. For fifteen years, he served as
Secretary General of the French College of Orthopaedic Surgeons
and Traumatologists.

A fluent speaker of English and Spanish, he was very active and
well known in the international arena. His fame spread widely,
not only on the European continent, but also in English-speaking
countries and in South America. He was an Honorary Member of the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of most of the
Latin American societies of orthopaedics and traumatology, and
of the Japanese and Austrian societies.

>From 1987 to 1990, he represented France on the International
Committee of SICOT; his term as a delegate was one of diligent
activity on his country's behalf. He prepared the application for
Nice to be the venue for the 1996 SICOT Congress and was bitterly
disappointed when this city was not selected.

His range of clinical and scientific work was vast and varied;
the subject dearest to his heart, and central to his activities,
was the spine - spinal surgery at all levels, for trauma, for
tumours, and for degenerative disease. In the field of spinal
fixation, he proved to be a great innovator and inventor. He has,
quite rightly, been called the father of pedicle screw fixation.
Together with Robert Judet, who introduced transarticular screw
fixation, he made the surgical fixation of spinal lesions into
the efficacious and respected technique that it is today.

He had a keen interest in experimental studies of spinal cord
lesions. He also contributed to other aspects of orthopaedics,
mainly to hip surgery, whose armamentarium he enriched with the
cemented or cementless total joint prosthesis that bears his

These diverse activities were reflected in a large number of
papers presented at conferences worldwide, in excellent articles
published in national and international journals, in
demonstrations at courses and workshops, and in text books and
treatises such as the 3-volume Atlas of Orthopaedic Surgery,
published in English and in French, in collaboration with C.
Laurin and L.H. Riley.

The driving force behind Raymond Roy-Camille's brilliant career
and all-round success is summed up in the motto that this single-
minded surgeon had chosen for himself and his department: Droit
devant - Straight ahead.

National Delegate