Massachusetts General Hospital

Harry E. Rubash, MD

Harry E. Rubash, M.D.

Edith M. Ashley Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School

2012-13 Chief's Report

New Children’s Book Written by Dr. Gleeson Rebello, MD

DareBone’s Big Break: A Tale of Trauma, Treatment and Recovery in Rhyme


DareBone's Big Break, Dr. Gleeson RebelloDr. Gleeson Rebello, MD, and Jamie Harisiades, Clinical Research Coordinator, have written a children’s book titled DareBone’s Big Break, now available on It is a fun picture book about a boy who sustains a supracondylar humerus fracture and all the events that occur along his road to healing. It is very technical from an orthopaedic standpoint yet written entirely in rhyme for children to understand and all ages to enjoy. The intention of this book is to educate kids without diminishing what they are capable of understanding while raising the bar in terms of the information we provide them concerning the nuts and bolts of everyday medical practice. The book has a website ( and a Facebook page (


Dr. Gleeson Rebello, Jamie Harisiades


Kevin Raskin's Review:

Dr. Gleeson Rebello and Jamie have written a smart, accurate and fun story depicting young DareBone’s journey through the experience of breaking his elbow. This very common and frightening injury fills emergency rooms and operating theatres around the world; now there is a text for parents and kids alike to help them understand and truly visualize what is involved in their care. Kudos to this very clever team. We all look forward to more adventures!


Chai Mudgal's Review:

This is a very, very special book...I am amazed at all the work that went into making such a delightful story. Dr. Rebello and Jamie together have worked a magical rhyming little spell on anyone who reads it. Not only does this book “demystify” the medical process and trauma of a broken bone for younger readers, but it is utterly enjoyable for parents as well.


This book would make great reading and promote interest in any young reader, even those who may not have fallen off the “monkey bars.” I personally think that it wonderfully fills a void that needed filling.


Simply spectacular...having had the “opportunity” to take my kids to the ER and the MD’s office after falls, I can see this book as an essential part of these waiting rooms...if not for the sheer joy and fun of reading it during a stressful time, BUT also to make the “little patient” and their parents feel informed and part of the process. I would recommend it with an enthusiastic two thumbs waaaaay up!

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