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The functional treatment of fractures. Part Three.

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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 continues with the case histories starting with the end of Case 3 (a woman) and going on to Case 4 (a boy, perhaps around 6 or 7). X-rays and evidence of the boy's recovery are shown (he lifts a pitcher of water and he ties his shoe laces). Case 6 is quite detailed and features a pretty woman in her 30s who wears a hat when she is treated. Ends.


England, 1937.

Physical description

1 videocassette (DIGIBETA) (19 min.) : sound, color
1 DVD (19 min.) : sound, color


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.

Copyright note

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


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