postheadericon Joseph Hiram KITE – Who’s Who In Orthopedics

1891–1986 Joseph Hiram Kite is generally associated with the Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in Decatur, Georgia. He was trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital and practiced in Atlanta. His greatest work, however, was done at the hospital in Decatur, an institution that primarily served the children of the Kentucky–Tennessee mountain country, where little medical care was available during and before the 1930s. At a time when congenital club foot was already being treated in Who’s Who in Orthopedics infancy in the large cities, Kite received many neglected cases in older children for whom more aggressive therapy was required. His early interest in these cases became known, and the paper “Principles Involved in the Treatment of Congenital Clubfoot,” read before the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons on January 17, 1939, became a classic contribution to the treatment of club foot. Lorenz had “broken” the deformity over a pyramid, but the slower, gradual correction in plaster produced infinitely better results, if surgical intervention became necessary; much less bone was involved in the “corrected” foot than in straightening a deformed one. Following publication of Kite’s article, his method became standard practice for advanced deformed cases throughout the orthopedic world.

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