Romuald Węgłowski (1876-1935) – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Forgotten Pioneer of Limb Saving Tumour Surgery Marek Durakiewicz, Mirosław Jabłoński, Aneta Zarębska Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2017; 19(2):191-200 ICID: 1238036
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On May 16, 1914, The Lancet Journal published a paper by Romuald Węgłowski, a Polish-born professor of Moscow University, entitled „Malignant tumours of bones: a new method in conservative operative treatment.” The idea of biological resection presented in the paper consisted in thermocoagulation of the apparently cancerous part of a bone with a jet of steam. According to the author, dead bone rid of live malignant cells reconstructed itself quickly, which helped to preserve the functionality of the organ without considerable limitations. The events of the First World War, political changes in tsarist Russia and the recovery of independence by Poland greatly complicated Węgłowski’s professional career. We thought it would be interesting to present the life story of the great Polish surgeon in the context of his own method of bone cancer treatment, which without doubt marked the beginning of Polish orthopaedic oncology aimed at limb-saving surgery.