Orthopedic Surgery in Sweden.
—Hauser39 has given an interesting account of orthopedic developments in Sweden growing out of national, social, and health insurance legislation. Sweden early recognized that it was advisable for the community to assume the responsibility of alleviating the circumstances of the poor and needy, and a comprehensive law was passed for the benefit of all who were in need of social aid. The provisions of this law include the medical care of invalids and cripples. The system of pensioning invalids, part of the socialistic national insurance scheme which has been adopted, also influences the practice of orthopedic surgery, in that it has been found expedient to cure, or at least reduce as far as possible, invalidism before the amount of disability is fixed and a pension allocated. Under the supervision of a central committee for the care of cripples, the state organized three orthopedic centers,