Charnley said that he first began to consider the possibility of setting up a unit at Wrightington for the treatment of what he then called ‘non-tuberculous’ hip conditions as early as 1956.11 There were obvious difficulties because of his commitments in Manchester; but in November, 1958, his surgical colleagues at the Royal Infirmary suggested he should take ‘leave of absence’ for three years (Chapter 7) which allowed him to concentrate on Wrightington. He was then aged 49 years and he had married eighteen months previously. The pattern of his life had changed and he now moved forward with increasing momentum towards the goal he had set himself. He had a clear sense of purpose and undoubtedly believed that he had a special contribution to make in orthopaedic surgery.
KeywordsOrthopaedic Surgeon Femoral Prosthesis Biomechanical Laboratory Adverse Tissue Reaction Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
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