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More power to their elbow

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l792 (Published 21 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l792

Re: More power to their elbow

A HEAP OF BONES
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Your note (BMJ 2019; 364:1792) is apt. Technical advances move the horizons of the discipline of orthopedics in space and time. It is fast. Salutary indeed!

The human skeletal system is soft and malleable at infancy while it is hard and brittle in old age. From the open pulsating cranial fontanelles at birth to the painful gouty toes at advanced age, our bodies are mostly bone. What a challenge to orthopedics indeed!

My geriatric mind wanders while exposed to the morning tropical solar radiation which manufactures freely vitamin D - the basic ingredient maintaining bone health - and simultaneously gathering ''world news'' (with cricket scores), thus maintaining electrically active the remaining neocortical cells responsible for mental health.

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 February 2019
A.A.W. AMARASINGHE
Octogenarian physician
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Plaza 2000, Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka