We are delighted to confirm that there will be a session on reverse planning at BLRS. Start with the ‘ideal’ result and then work your way backwards to the pre-existing deformity….
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Manchester’s dark satanic mills were the backdrop to the conception of communism.
Friedrich Engels was a German philosopher, social scientist, and noted communist. This statue was salvaged from the Ukraine, but Engels lived in Manchester for over 20 years.
His father sent him to Manchester to prepare him for taking over the family business, which was based in Weaste, in Salford. He was sent by his father to rid him of his youthful radicalism. However, the horrors of the industrial revolution in Manchester saw him become more entrenched in his views, seeing child labour, extreme poverty and a destroyed environment. Engels met Mary Burns in Manchester, another fierce political radical, who guided him around Manchester and Salford, to observe the poverty in the slums.
In 1845 Engels published ‘the condition of the working class in England’ in Germany, but it was not published in English until 1887. Manchester had a profound effect on Engels, and he co-wrote ‘The Communist Manifesto’ with Karl Marx, who often stayed with him in Manchester.
The Midland Hotel is a grand hotel in the centre of Manchester, built by the Midland Railway adjacent to the London train terminus at Manchester Central Railway Station (now an exhibition centre). Did you know that the Nazis coveted the building and planned to use it to rule Britain after their proposed invasion in World War II?
Like many buildings in Manchester, it was built in the Edwardian Baroque style. It was, from the outset, a luxurious hotel, with a 1000 seat theatre, and roof terrace where a string quartet performed. It has an ornately decorated red brick and terracotta exterior, with marble lined corridors.
The Edwardian Baroque style was admired by Adolf Hitler, and the Midland was proposed as a possible Nazi headquarters after the conquest of Britain. Hitler also coveted Rochdale Town Hall, and had mused over transporting it, brick by brick, to Germany, once the war had been won.
The Midland was also where Charles Rolls met Henry Royce to form Rolls-Royce, the luxury automobile company, in 1904. The Beatles were refused access to the restaurant for being ‘inappropriately dressed’. The first tango in the UK was danced here.
I learned about the Peterloo Massacre at school, but I didn’t realise that the location for this imfamous event in British history was central Manchester. Thanks, history teachers!!!
In 1819, the area was called St Peter’s Field, and was the site of an infamous attack on a crowd of protesters demanding the reform of parliamentary representation. The cavalry attack by Hussars on civilians resulted in the deaths of 18 people including four women and child, mainly from sabre slashes and trampling by horses. 700 more were injured by the same means.
The term Peterloo is a parody of Waterloo, the famous battle four years before, to mock the aggression of soldiers behaving as though they were not facing an unarmed and peaceful protest.
During the subsequent public inquiry into the massacre, the Hussars and Magistrates who had ordered the attack, were cleared of all wrong-doing.
The businessman John Taylor witnessed the events of the day, and went on to establish the Manchester Guardian newspaper as a direct reaction to what he had seen. The event also led to the precursor of the trade union movement becoming established.
Manchester was tragically affected by a terrorist attack in 2017. Learn from those with genuine experience of having to deal with casualties from these attacks, including the Bataclan in Paris and the Arena bombing in Manchester. How can you best respond? What tips for surgical treatment should you know? These are vital questions as, unfortunately, it is not a question of if it will happen again, but when.
The speakers have unique experiences that we can all learn from, including one of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.
Limb reconstruction is going to be revolutionised by 3D printing. At BLRS get an insight into how it will affect your practice.
This is something that is impacting how we practice medicine already, and it will become even more widespread in the next decade. Learn how scientists, engineers and orthopaedic surgeons are using this technology to advance limb reconstruction, printing not just with composites, but also with cells.
Learn about types of 3D printer and what it can do for your practice.
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Trainees who attend the BLRS conference will be eligible to attend the instructional day on 25th April. This extra day will focus on how to make decisions and how to apply external fixation to complex injuries – something everyone will need to know as a consultant.