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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-3

Journal as the Guru

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai; Director, Centre for Ilizarov Techniques, Chaudhary Hospital, Akola, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication5-Nov-2015

Correspondence Address:
Milind M Chaudhary
Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Centre for Ilizarov Techniques, Chaudhary Hospital, Akola, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2455-3719.168741

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Chaudhary MM. Journal as the Guru. J Limb Lengthen Reconstr 2015;1:2-3

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Chaudhary MM. Journal as the Guru. J Limb Lengthen Reconstr [serial online] 2015 [cited 2023 Jan 29];1:2-3. Available from: https://www.jlimblengthrecon.org/text.asp?2015/1/1/2/168741

It gives me great pleasure to present the first issue of the Journal of Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction to you at the ILLRS Miami Congress.This Journal comes not a day too soon, since our speciality is more than 25 years old.

Words are insufficient to thank Dror Paley and Kevin Tetsworth, who agreed to lend a shoulder and share the responsibilities as an editor with me.

A very big thank you to the intrepid souls who agreed to write for the inaugural issue of the journal: Kevin set the ball rolling by sending a very original and novel article on correction of large rotational deformities, Rob Rozbruch took the time to prepare not one but two original articles, Minoo Patel wrote up his excellent work on revision ankle fusions with Taylor spatial frame and an intramedullary nail. This faith placed in our fledgling journal gives me hope that it will take off and soar. The articles sent could easily adorn any journal with a high impact factor.

Prof Teramoto has sent in a wonderful description on the differences in a High Tibial osteotomy and TCVO(tibial condylar valgus osteotomy). Joint preserving surgery is richer for this new technique.

Nuno Lopes gives tips and tricks on foot deformity correction to younger surgeons. Richly illustrated.

Going forward, we will submit our journal to PubMed for indexing. To this end, we need to come out with five issues over the next 15 months. They will judge the content and the methods we used to select the articles therein. The acceptability of the articles will be decided by the reviewers, in a double-blind process. The strength of this journal is the voluntary expertise lent by our experienced and hawk-eyed reviewers. We plan to keep case reports, review articles, expert comments, all at a minimum, and hope to have high-quality original content, honed to perfection by the peer review process. Sir Peter Lachmann said it best "Peer Review is to science what democracy is to politics. It's not the most efficient mechanism, but it's the least corruptible" ( British Academy of Medical Sciences, 2002).

As an editor, I probably will act as a facilitator. Hopefully, 26 years of experience in limb lengthening and reconstruction will give me strength and experience to bring character to this role. Conducting the 8 th International ASAMI meeting in India, has made me discover my love for facilitating communication of science. I hope to do justice to this venerable task.

I am aware that I will have the tailwind of the august body of the Editorial Board to speed me along. Their names read like the Who's Who of Lengthening and Reconstruction Surgery, with great inventors, clinicians, editors, writers and surgeons, nay; magicians among them to inspire me, guide me, and help me when I stumble.

I feel blessed and lucky that I have had exemplary teachers and Gurus in my journey of reconstructive orthopedics. First, my grandfather, the late Dr. R.N. Chaudhary, exemplary physician made selfless service to his patients his only religion. Tens of thousands treated him like a god for more than half a century. My teachers at KEM Hospital in Mumbai moulded me into a thinking surgeon rather than merely a craftsman. Seeing Prof Ilizarov's work in 1986 was an epiphany. Meeting him in Baltimore (1989) and Kurgan (1990) further strengthened my resolve. Being with Dror as a Clinical Fellow in 1988 was a watershed event. Everything changed. For the better. Reading his works and meeting him at various conferences over all these years has been continuously inspiring.

Thereafter, watching with Harry Buncke, Ignacio Ponseti, Tomihisa Koshino, Rainier Baumgart, and Klaus Siebenrock has been very inspirational. Having Maurizio Catagni, Kevin Tetsworth, and Gamal Hosny, as friends and mentors, has been a special privilege.

In the long list of Gurus, Journals and Books have been constant companions since 1983. I embark on this journey as editor to quench the thirst for knowledge, publication, and peer acclaim among my colleagues as a friend and facilitator.

Finally, this journal is dedicated to the memory of Gavriil A. Ilizarov, inventor, magician, scientist and Guru to us all.


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