April 2017 Monthly Meeting
'History of Orthopaedics'Paul Allen
Emeritus Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Guys Lewisham and Bromley Hospitals, and Visiting Lecturer Surrey University.
Yet again, another full hall of members came out to hear Paul Allen, a retired local surgeon, taking us on a journey of the history of orthopaedics from bone setting, through prosthetic joints to biological solutions for damaged cartilage.
It was a fascinating talk delivered with great knowledge and insight into methods of orthopaedic surgery from the early days of crude prosthetic joints and serious risks of infection to the latest methods of replacing and repairing joints using everything human skill, engineering and technological advances can offer. The whole talk was illustrated with excellent photographs, many taken from his own work over the years.
Needless to say, quite a few in the audience had gone through such surgery and took the opportunity to ask questions which Paul answered with humour and great technical knowledge.
A very enjoyable afternoon and thanks, Paul for the experience!