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Written by Scott J Grunewald.
With the development and adoption of medical technology like x-rays, anesthesia and antisepsis in the mid to late 1800’s that allowed doctors to treat broken bones surgically, the science of fixing bone breaks took a major leap forward. The advancements meant that a broken bone wasn’t as likely to end in infection or death, especially in the case of complex breaks to the pelvis and hip. But understanding how to rebuild a broken bone surgically can’t really make it grow back faster, so even now the recovery time for many breaks can mean weeks or months of healing and restricted movements. In that regard, not much has changed for us since the 19th century, although that could all change soon thanks to additive manufacturing technology.
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Originally published February 14, 2018.