01 May 2014

Volume 2 Issue 2


This issue has a Trauma focus; the next will be patient safety. We were grateful to have Nigel Rossiter from the Orthopaedic Trauma Society (OTS) as this issue’s Guest Editor. We plan to feature Guest Editors from Specialist Societies with a focus of general interest from their speciality in future. You will find the Trauma Peer-Reviewed articles on pages 60-73.

You may be wondering about the significance of the front cover image. The illustration is Barbara Hepworth’s “Prelude II” (1948), and links with the Robert Jones essay prize-winning article “A Good Pair of Hands” (page 41). Barbara Hepworth was a British abstract artist and sculptor, who formed a close affinity with Sir Norman Capener an ex BOA President from Exeter. Capener invited her to watch him operate (and based the design for Capener’s gouges on her sculpting equipment). She became fascinated by the drama of the operating theatre and visited Stanmore for further artist in residence experiences. There has recently been a Tate touring exhibition of her work “The Hospital Drawings”. In an unpublished lecture she is quoted as saying that in the orthopaedic theatre “one can observe the highest intention and purpose; one can see the most perfectly attuned movements between a group of human beings”, perhaps evidence of “Human Factor’s” training in the past? You will find another of her illustrations within the Robert Jones article. The article amplifies and updates her other observation of “a close affinity between the work and approach both of physicians and surgeons, and painters and sculptors”. We have a packed issue including an update from the Philippines (page 14), preparation for FRCS in our Trainee section (page 32) and an interesting piece on Cognitive Simulation, which fits in well with the Robert Jones article. There is some information on the Foot and Ankle syllabus for Europe from BOFAS and an update on where we are on harmonising standards of training from David Limb.

In our Medico-legal section we have part two of the Jackson Reforms article following on from the last issue (page 48) and an article focusing on the medico-legal aspects of adult tibial shaft fracture (page 56).


Colin Howie – BOA Vice President

Reference Lists


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Medico-Legal Aspects of Adult Tibial Shaft Fractures

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12. Vallier HA, Cureton BA, Patterson BM. Factors influencing functional outcomes after distal tibial shaft fractures. J Orthop Trauma 2012; 26(3): 178-183 
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