John Charnley

The Man and the Hip

  • William Waugh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-xvi
  2. William Waugh
    Pages 1-8
  3. William Waugh
    Pages 9-20
  4. William Waugh
    Pages 21-31
  5. William Waugh
    Pages 33-49
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    Pages 51-65
  7. William Waugh
    Pages 67-79
  8. William Waugh
    Pages 81-85
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    Pages 87-97
  10. William Waugh
    Pages 99-112
  11. William Waugh
    Pages 113-138
  12. William Waugh
    Pages 139-151
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    Pages 153-167
  14. W. P. Thackray
    Pages 169-184
  15. William Waugh
    Pages 185-197
  16. William Waugh
    Pages 199-209
  17. William Waugh
    Pages 211-228
  18. William Waugh
    Pages 229-233
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 235-270

About this book


Hip replacement operations have become commonplace during the past ten years, but none the less it is well to remember the struggle to overcome the initial difficulties before the achievement of the successful results which are confidently expected today. Certainly, in the 1950s attempts to relieve pain and restore movement to an arthritic hip frequently failed. Such operations which were practised often involved a prolonged period of immobilisation which would now not be tolerated. For progress to be made orthopaedic surgeons had to rely on the loyalty and stoicism of their patients who allowed untried procedures to be carried out on themselves, often without appreciating the possible outcome. These surgical experiments resulted in progress being made, and the failures led to a greater understanding of the problems involved. The importance of collaboration with bio-engineers was also recognised, and the search began for suitable materials with which to make an artificial joint. Progress was made in many centres throughout the world, and surgeons in the United Kingdom were at the forefront in devising original techniques. Although others also produced new models, John Charnley was a pioneer and an innovator who influenced the development of hip relacement more than any other individual. In telling the story of his life this book is inevitably also the story of the operation, but it is not intended to be a scientific evaluation of his work.


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Authors and affiliations

  • William Waugh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NottinghamWadenhoe, Nr Oundle, PeterboroughUK
  2. 2.Harlow Wood Orthopaedic HospitalWadenhoe, Nr Oundle, PeterboroughUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-3161-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-3159-5
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