Find thousands of books, manuscripts, visual materials and unpublished archives from our collections, many of them with free online access.

Recent advances in fracture treatment. Part 4.

  • Watson-Jones, R. (Reginald), 1902-1972.
  • Film

About this work

Also known as

Recent advances in the treatment of fractures


Part 4 opens with an intertitle describing 'Case 3' which lasts approximately 10 minutes; this involves a man with a fracture of the tibia and fibula. X-rays illustrate the 'deformity'. In the operating theatre, the surgeon prepares the surgical bed (levers and winches are reminiscent of a D-I-Y work bench); then the leg is pinned and secured in place using plaster of paris. The patient returns to the ward and is held in traction. The plaster cast is removed. On the ward, the male patient totters about. His treatment progresses (a chart is provided). 'Section 3' intertitle which then proceeds with a female patient and 'Fracture of the spine'. The patient has a crushed vertebrae; she is stretched out between supports and her mid-torso covered with plaster of paris. The order of circular bandages and slabs are shown diagrammatically. The patient, an old lady, is seen walking about afterwards. Under her clothes, the girdle like cast is shown.


Liverpool, c.1932.

Physical description

1 film reel (17 min.) : silent, black and white, 16 mm


This film forms part of a group of films donated to the Wellcome Trust in 2006 by The British Medical Association.
This series of films (there are 5 in the collection) relate to work done by R. Watson Jones in Liverpool. An article with photographs was published on the same topic in the BMJ and a paper with this title was read at the Liverpool Medical Institution, March, 1932. Watson Jones' full credits are R. WATSON JONES, B.Sc., F.R.C.S., M.CH.ORTH. LECTURER IN PATHOLOGY OF ORTHOPAEDIC CONDITIONS, LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY'; HONORARY ASSISTANT SURGEON, LIVERPOOL ROYAL INFIRMARY AND SHROPSHIRE ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL.
This film is a damaged copy of 7054F/S/D. It is missing a few minutes from the beginning and end, it is significantly poorer in quality than the other material.

Copyright note

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



  • English

Where to find it

  • Location

    Closed stores 7053F
    Not requestable


    This item cannot be requested online. Please contact for more information.

Permanent link