Bombay Orthopaedic Society BOS
Mumbai, then Bombay, perhaps was the first Indian city to run an independent Orthopaedic Department in a general hospital. Late Dr R J Katrak was the first trained surgeon to restrict his practice only to Orthopaedics. He established the first Orthopaedic Department at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Parel, Mumbai. Within a short time he was appointed to King Edward Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, which was attached to a medical college and launched a new Orthopaedic Department. Thus, importance of orthopaedics in surgical practice was first recognized in Mumbai. In those times, osteo-articular tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, osteomyelitis and deficiency disorders in children dominated the clinical scene. In early post-World War II era, trauma was relegated to second place because of paucity of new ideas in its management.