Elbow fracture surgery
This research was completed on 30 November 2005
|Project Leader||Professor J K Stanley and Mr C Charalambous.|
|Location||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Wrightington Hospital, Wigan.|
|Grant awarded||10 November 2003|
|Start date||1 December 2004|
|End date||30 November 2005|
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