J. William Littler, MD continues to be recognized for his many pioneering accomplishments in the fields of hand and plastic surgery, as well as his abilities as a surgeon, artist and instructor. He was a founding member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and served as President for the 1962-1963 term. A 2005 tribute to Dr. Littler in The Journal of Hand Surgery by Richard G. Eaton, MD stated, "His contributions to hand surgery are so fundamental and so fully assimilated into the basic principles of structure and function of the hand, that little thought is given to who originally described them." Littler wrote and edited several books and numerous articles on hand surgery, in addition to providing high quality illustrations such as those featured in this exhibit.
Dr. Littler also used his drawings in his medical practice, for personal enjoyment and in instruction to medical students. This exhibit highlights drawings from these three aspects of his artistic production, presenting the skill and careful attention to detail that contributed to Dr. Littler's reputation as an excellent surgeon and instructor.
Special thanks to the New York Academy of Medicine and Steven Glickel, MD, who provided the drawings reproduced in this exhibit.