The functional treatment of fractures. Part One.

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About this work


The purpose of this film was to disseminate a report by the BMA in 1935 on the revised principles of treating fractures. The four principles the film would like to uphold in the care of the patient is segregation, continuity of supervision, after-care and unity of control. The film starts with shots of the waiting room, a young man is then booked by the almoner. The patient goes in to the examination room. The film follows the patient and is particularly good at showing the transition from department to department and all the medical staff in situ. He has his arm x-rayed. The young man receives light anaesthesia and has his arm put in plaster. He is instructed on which exercises to do. There are shots in a women's ward; a woman has her hands submerged in a sink which bubbles away. In a gymnasium, male patients who have had various injuries demonstrate their mobility and strength. A man lifts a wheelbarrow with clearly heavy paving stones in, then lifts one repeatedly. Ends suddenly.


England, 1937.

Physical description

1 film reel (12 min.) : silent, black and white, 16 mm

Copyright note

Copyright previously held by British Medical Association and assigned to Wellcome in 2005


The BMA film catalogue notes that this is a film in five parts; the three extant reels in the Wellcome Library may be compilations or there may be missing material. The reels are described as 1. Progression of patient through a clinic; role of physiotherapy; rehabilitation exercises in case of crushed fracture of the lumbar spine. 2-5 illustrate the treatment of upper and lower limb fractures of the spine.

Creator/production credits

Produced by T.J. Smith and Nephew Ltd. Photographed by Raymond Davies, Sutton Coldfield.



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