Jacquelin PerryBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3233 (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3233
- Ned Stafford, Hamburg
When the 35 founding members of the international Scoliosis Research Society posed for a photographer in 1966, it was easy to spot orthopaedic surgeon Jacquelin Perry. She was sitting in the front row wearing a smart white skirt suit, with three men on her right and six men on her left. The remaining 25 men were standing behind her—all in dark business suits⇑. As one of only 10 female orthopaedic surgeons in the US when certified a decade before, Perry was well accustomed to being the only woman at meetings with her colleagues.
“It was definitely not a specialty for women back then,” she recalled years later in a book of “moving stories” published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.1 “People said it was too strenuous. Too mechanical.”
Perry proved them wrong. Douglas W Jackson, a former president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, says Perry distinguished herself as a teacher, clinician, and researcher. Jackson, who trained briefly under Perry in the early 1970s, says …