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His work was the beginning of a new medical paradigm purchase 500mg meldonium mastercard, the con- servation and exploitation of the unlimited natural plasticity of bone. Ilizarov’s results were astonish- ing, his theory was contrary to orthodox views on bone regeneration. His reputation remained con- fined to Siberia until 1967, when he successfully treated the Russian Olympic highjumper, Valery Brumel who, after a motorcycle accident, had chronically infected nonunited fractures of both legs, even after 14 operations by the best surgeons in Moscow. After treatment by Ilizarov, Brumel, completely healed, went on to jump again in competition. Dr Ilizarov’s years in a small wooden hospital with no research laboratory were over. It became known that he could straighten and lengthen a shattered or deformed leg and the Russian elite in need of orthopedic care journeyed to Kurgan. His Gavriil Abramovich ILIZAROV medical reputation soared into national 1921–1992 prominence and by 1984 he presided over a new 1,000-bed Scientific Center for Reconstructive Gavriil Ilizarov made a remarkable life odyssey Orthopedics and Traumatology, with over 350 from an isolated village in the Caucasus moun- surgeons, 1,500 nurses, 60 doctorate researchers, tains to become a world figure in orthopedics and and 24 operating rooms. He was born in a small Jewish had learned the Ilizarov techniques from community and was unable to attend school until Europeans who had worked directly with him, he was 11 years old because his family had no and were performing Ilizarov limb-saving opera- money for shoes. The use of his methods is widespread: the He graduated from Simferopol Medical North American Association for the Study and School, which had been moved during the war to Application of the Methods of Ilizarov (ASAMI) the Soviet Near East, and in 1944 was sent to the now includes over 200 surgeons. Siberian town of Dolgovka as the only physician Dr Ilizarov was one of the Soviet Union’s most for an area the size of a small European nation. His work is now widely known through- tures, infections, and other complications. He was truly a 156 Who’s Who in Orthopedics remarkable man whose theories and surgical will remember the many ingenious models that he methods have enlightened physicians and saved constructed and delighted in displaying to illus- countless limbs. He leaves behind his equally proficient in designing and constructing wife, Valentina, his children Svetlana, Maria and innovative parts for the elaborate model train Alexander, and his three grandchildren.