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Henry Ford said ‘History is bunk’. Francis Bacon said ‘histories make men wise’. Whatever one feels it is an undisputed fact that all the knowledge that we have today is the result of achievements and failures of great men recorded in the past. If you look into the evolution of the orthopaedics you can see that a few fundamental truths are enunciate at the earliest recorded time. Then the pattern of developments is mostly one of lapses of memory, rediscovery of forgotten knowledge and fresh application. History often serves as a deterent to fraudulent claims by persons for a new discovery, which perhaps was already known for many years and forgotten. In the following pages I intent to cover this history under the following headings.

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