Jacquelin Perry

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3233
  1. Ned Stafford, Hamburg
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Orthopaedic surgeon and expert in human gait and rehabilitation

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 …

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