On Tuesday morning we awoke, had breakfast, and met Dominic in the lobby to take us to the morning session of the British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS) meeting. This meeting was being held at the University Of Glasgow and Dominic was one of this year’s organizers.
At the session we heard short scientific presentations on a variety of topics including metal wear in cervical disc replacements, influence of cup position on polyethylene wear, local effects of ceramic debris, kinesiotaping, adductor canal blocks, and more. In addition we had a longer talk on the science behind blast-related fractures from Professor Jon Clasper, a British military Orthopaedic surgeon. In addition, there was a small room of posters to peruse.
After the morning session we had a break for lunch where we chatted with Mark Wilkinson from the University of Sheffield about his role in the larger Orthopaedic Research Society and the challenge they have faced getting active participation from clinicians. He genuinely seemed interested in our opinions about how to generate more active participation in the ORS.
Following lunch we stopped by the Hunterian Art Museum at the University to see their current special exhibit: Skeletons! This exhibit displayed the skeletons of eight humans found buried in various places around the United Kingdom and go as far back as 3000 years ago. The skeletons were all carefully laid out in individual glass displays, and a small placard at each one pointed out interesting pathological features of each skeleton. The placards also included the assumed gender, approximate age at death, and sometimes even a cause of death. One skeleton showed a healed left tibia fracture and a severely arthritic right hip.
From the museum we headed back to our hotel for a few hours of downtime before dinner. I took the opportunity to go for a run and ended up following a path along the river Kelvin through Glasgow’s West End. The light drizzle that seemed to never leave Glasgow helped keep me cool during the run.
Dinner was at a local Thai restaurant and included a brief presentation about some newer surgical plates. Many registrars and consultants were there and Sanjeev Patil joined us again as well. It was a wonderful time and a great end to our time in Glasgow. The evening ended with hugs from Dominic and Sanjeev, and instructions on how and when to be at Glasgow airport next morning.
Michael and I chatted briefly over a glass of scotch back at the hotel. We agreed that our hosts in Glasgow not only showed tremendous kindness, generosity, and hospitality, but also humbly demonstrated for us how we should be treating each other: as hosts to our guests, as doctors to our patients, and as people to each other.