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Surgeons and Engineers in Postwar Britain: Medical Technology in Local Contexts

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Abstract

Before WWII, operations on arthritic joints were a last resort. Most involved cutting away part of the joint and fixing it (arthrodesis) so as to prevent motion and so reduce pain.1 In some cases, the operated joint was manipulated to allow a certain amount of motion.2 But the limitations of fixing joints were clear, especially to American patients, and it could not be done on both hips.3

Keywords

Femoral Head Femoral Component Frictional Torque Femoral Prosthesis Femoral Replacement 
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© Julie Anderson, Francis Neary and John V. Pickstone 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM)The University of ManchesterUK

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