Last night Steve and I attended a lecture about the development of artificial joints by Professor Anthony Unsworth which I found very interesting.

The presentation focused mainly on hips and knees (as shoulders were not his area), nevertheless it was really interesting to about learn the history of joint replacements, the materials and mechanics involved as well a bit of biology of the body along with pictures of some very bad arthritic joints.

We had a discussion with him after his presentation, I also had a chat with Bowman Bradley, the Regional Chair of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers who himself had two hip replacements – his second one while he was awake. We compared notes about hearing “the noisy builders in the next room” while we were having our surgery (click to read my Gory Details page).

Thank you to Professor Unsworth, and Bowman Bradley of the IMechE for organising the event.