Saturday, 9 July 2011

Woolwich born inventor of artificial hips

The Woolwich Antiquarian's June/July newsletter front pages the riveting story of Furlong's Artificial Hips. Furlong were, of course, a well known Woolwich company with a garage and a removal business. Ronald Furlong did not join the family firm but became a doctor. In 1985 he he developed the hydroxy-apatite coated ceramic hip implant - this is the one they gave to the Queen Mother . The newsletter gives a lot of detail about both Dr.Furlong and his hips - taken from a talk given to the Blackheath Scientific Society.

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