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'Wounded in Action: An Art Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements' Extneded at the National Museum of Health and Medicine Through February 2011

Washington, D.C.—September 15, 2010: By popular demand, "Wounded in Action: An Art Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements," an exhibit of art works inspired by experiences with the wounds of war, is extending its stay at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will close on February 27, 2011.

"Wounded in Action" honors those who have had orthopaedic injuries as a result of serving our country during a time of war. From World War II to Korea to Viet Nam, from the Gulf War, to Afghanistan to Iraq, thousands of uniformed service members have suffered severe musculoskeletal injuries. Their stories are told through the art on display in the installation. The exhibition also recognizes orthopaedic surgeons who, throughout history, have risked their own safety to care for military service members, to save lives and limbs, to advance medical treatments, and to conduct research and learn from war in order to better treat those who sustain orthopaedic trauma. "Wounded in Action" is produced and organized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

The exhibition is presently installed at the NMHM in Washington and at the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Health Sciences/Human Services Library and Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, in downtown Baltimore. The exhibition will close in Baltimore on November 14, 2010.

Public programs related to "Wounded in Action" will continue throughout the fall season and into the winter. Follow the Museum on Facebook or Twitter to stay up-to-date on new programs.

About the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

With more than 36,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, (www.aaos.org) or (www.orthoinfo.org) is the premier not-for-profit organization that provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions the interests of patients and advances the highest quality of musculoskeletal health. Orthopaedic surgeons and the Academy are the authoritative sources of information for patients and the general public on musculoskeletal conditions, treatments and related issues. An advocate for improved care, the Academy is participating in the Bone and Joint Decade (www.usbjd.org) - the global initiative in the years 2002-20011 - to raise awareness of musculoskeletal health, stimulate research and improve people's quality of life.

Exhibition information – National Museum of Health and Medicine

The Museum is open to the public and admission is free. Limited parking is available on weekdays; parking is widely available on weekends and holidays.

NOTE: Adults must present government-issued photo identification to gain entry to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Vehicles are subject to search. Adults should be prepared to show identification again at the Museum entrance.

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