John Charnley Collection
Date range: 1922-1989
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Sir John Charnley (1911-1982) was one of the world’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, and a pioneer of hip replacement surgery. Charnley established the Centre for Hip Surgery at Wrightington Hospital, Wigan, where he introduced innovative techniques and prostheses for total hip replacement surgery.
The material in this collection was used by Professor William Waugh for his authorised biography of John Charnley, John Charnley: The Man and the Hip (1990).
The collection includes Charnley 's extensive correspondence with medical instrument manufacturers, including Chas. Thackray Ltd, James Howorth and Co. and CMW Laboratories Ltd., with whom he worked closely to develop effective prostheses, bone cements, as well as the sterile operating theatres necessary for the operation. There is a small collection of Charnley's articles relating to hip surgery.
Also present is Waugh's correspondence with various colleagues of Charnley and his research notes, which he used in the preparation of his biography. There is a series of photographs of Charnley sent to Waugh for inclusion in the biography.
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