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Modern Medicine: Moving from Generalist to Specialist Care

 

 

There was a time when “the” town doctor was commonplace.  Whether you had a cold, were experiencing chest pain or had a minor injury, you went to see the same doctor. That doctor read thick medical books, learned their craft in school from mentors during apprenticeships and received one medical journal to stay on top of the latest developments. 

Over time, as medical knowledge expanded at an ever-increasing rate, specialty societies were created. Each one focused on different facets within the field of medicine or surgery. One of these specialized in orthopaedic care, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which was founded in 1933. 

There was also a time when “the” town orthopaedic surgeon was customary. Whether you had a sore shoulder, a broken ankle, carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis, you went to see the same surgeon. Eventually within the field of orthopaedics, knowledge and experience greatly expanded, and sub-specialty societies sprang up in an effort to further improve care. Societies for the hand, sports medicine, hip and knee replacement, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, trauma and spine were created. Now, there is additional training—called a fellowship—in each of these sub-specialties.

Information is now shared globally with the stroke of a computer key or the swipe of a touchscreen. Medicine and surgery have become incredibly sophisticated and intricate. A century ago, it was conceivable that one person could reasonably understand most of the known medical facts for practical medical care. Today, that is simply impossible. 

At Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists, we are SPECIALISTS. We are fellowship-trained physicians that focus on specific areas within the field of orthopaedics. Our expertise was honed over years of study and training to provide the best possible care for our patients and this community—our community. The experts at DOS provide care for the specific fields that they specialize in, which include the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, joint replacement, spine, sports medicine, trauma and foot and ankle.

You wouldn’t hire a roofer to install your floor or allow an electrician to handle your plumbing would you?

We believe your health is the most important thing in your life. There is no reason to trust your healthcare to anyone other than your community SPECIALIST.


Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists
1096 Old Churchmans Road, Newark
252 Carter Drive, Suite 101, Middletown
3401 Brandywine Parkway, Suites 100 & 101, Wilmington
1941 Limestone Road, Suite 101, Wilmington
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