File: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The Department had been set up by the eminent orthopaedic surgeon Harry Platt (1886-1996) in the 1930s, and was based at the M.R.I. In 1939, Platt had been appointed to a personal chair, and some of the early papers in this file concern efforts to find a successor on his retirement in 1951. In the event, a professorial appointment was not made.

The file contains several memoranda by Platt and David Lloyd Griffiths (1908-1997), a honorary lecturer in orthopaedics and later director of the department of orthopaedics at M.R.I. These memoranda reflect uncertainties over staffing and accommodation within the Department e.g. Lloyd Griffiths' "Observations on the Manchester University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery" (1953). There is correspondence with John Charnley (1911-1982), a member of the department who was later to win fame as the pioneer of artificial hip surgery, concerning research facilities and possible cooperation with the department of engineering over bio-engineering. There is also a discussion of Charnley's difficulties in gaining academic recognition at the University (the University failed to award him a chair in the early 1950s), and the efforts of Platt and others to get a personal chair for Charnley. There are numerous papers concerning Platt and Lloyd Griffiths's attempts to win funding for a Centre of Advanced Research in Orthopaedics from the National Poliomyelitis Fund.

Former reference: 323

Related Material

See VCA/7/89 (Platt) and VCA/7/526 for appointments to chairs in orthopaedic surgery.