Norwich has an important part in the history of orthopaedics and, particularly, hip replacements. The McKee-Farrar metal-on-metal prosthesis was developed there in the 1960s. Mr George Michael McKee was a giant in the treatment of hip disease, and was a close friend ofSir John Charnley who is credited with popularizing the modern total hip replacement. Tommy (HA) Brittain was the inventor of the extraarticular “ischio-femoral arthrodesis” for the treatment of hip tuberculosis in the 1930s. He apparently got the idea for the technique while looking at some specific flying buttresses that adorn the outside of the Norwich Cathedral.
Norwich Cathedral was built by the Normans after their invasion in 1066. While the cathedral was a Catholic cathedral originally it was subsequently converted to the Church of England after Henry VIII had some minor disagreements with papal doctrine. Apart from the cathedral, the Normans also built Norwich Castle as a reminder to the locals who was in charge.
Norwich was also the main HQ for the American Air Force during WWII. There were literally dozens of airfields around Norwich and the major airfield has subsequently been turned into Norwich International Airport.
Michael and I spent this morning in the theatre watching a knee revision. Following that we were allowed out on a beautiful sunny day to explore Norwich. Jo Nolan dropped us off in the city center where we walked around Norwich to see the sites. After a tour of the cathedral we wandered around Bishop’s Gardens and then headed into the old town pedestrian district to walk around.
Jo picked us up to take us to the airport in time for our flight to Manchester. A short flight later we were greeted by Mr. Nikhil Shah, a consultant from Wrightington Hospital. He drove us to his favorite Indian restaurant so we could have some dinner, and then took us on to our accommodations at the Wrightington Hotel and Country Club.