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Sir Reginald Watson Jones 1902-1972



Reginald Watson-Jones was another protégé of the great Robert Jones. He was born in Sussex of Welsh Parents, he was brought up in Liverpool, where he attended university and studied medicine. He became a key figure in military surgery during the Second World War.

 He has been described as "an orthopaedic surgeon second only in this century to his mentor in Liverpool, the late Sir Robert Jones."280  He served in the RAF during the second world war. He established an orthopaedic rehabilitation service for the RAF, and designed programmes where rehabilitation would start as soon as possible - within a few days of surgery and overseen by a group of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.

Once they were recovered from surgery, RAF personnel were sent to specialist centres to undertake rehabilitation by exercise and sport, including football (one of them is now Loughborough University).

The system established by Watson-Jones returned 77% of personnel to full combat duty and only 4.8% were invalided or discharged out of the services. He was knighted at the end of the war for his contribution to orthopaedic service. 281

We as theatre personnel will know him for his Anterolateral Approach to Hip Joint: (Watson Jones) and Watson-Jones tenodesis and of course his bone levers.

 

 

 

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