This edition, the seventh, marks many important changes. None more significant than the title of the book, Simon’s Emergency Orthopedics, acknowledging the major contributions of the book’s founding author and editor, Robert R. Simon, MD. I met Dr. Simon when I was a resident in emergency medicine at Cook County Hospital in 1999. Unlike some department chairs, Dr. Simon always preferred bedside teaching to any important meeting. And his bedside teaching in emergency orthopedics was the best I have ever experienced. His 2-day emergency orthopedics course was a highlight of the residency and we are fortunate to have him continue to volunteer his time for this course twice a year, so that present and future residents in our program are not cheated of the experience. As a young faculty member, Dr. Simon was always available to me for advice and counsel. In addition to career advice, he reminded me to reserve time for my family, and in particular my wife. Dr. Simon is a true emergency medicine pioneer and leader in our field. It has been an honor to know him. No one is more loyal or hard working. As a mentor and friend, he has taught me more than I could ever repay.
I would also like to acknowledge several others who have brought this project to fruition. First, our authors, practicing all across the country, have provided their unique perspectives in each chapter. You have done an outstanding job and I cannot thank you enough for your efforts. Christine Barcellona, who reliably assisted in the early stages of author communications and editorial support. Anne Sydor, who despite having to overcome several of her own hurdles in the game of life, was always available with sound and professional advice. Brian Kearns, who answers emails at lightning speed, always gave me the confidence that the book was in capable production hands. Amit Kashyap has done an outstanding job with our page proofs. He is accurate, reliable, and hard working. Finally, I would like to thank our artist for this edition of the book, Catherine Delphia, who has added several outstanding renderings of some difficult to draw orthopedic images. Caity is patient and easy to work with, but most importantly a very talented artist.