Learning Curves; Doctors' Teaching Book Uses Glamour Models (but Only Because of Their Musculoskeletal Systems - Honest)

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Learning Curves; Doctors' Teaching Book Uses Glamour Models (but Only Because of Their Musculoskeletal Systems - Honest)


Byline: PAUL HARRIS

THEIR body parts are more usually on display in laddish magazines or downmarket tabloid newspapers.

Now two of Britain's shapeliest young ladies are attracting a somewhat different audience - in the less than glamorous world of orthopaedic surgery.

Leilani Dowding and Jade Cartwright feature as scantlily-clad models in a distinguished medical textbook designed to enlighten and concentrate the minds of surgeons and trainees.

Wearing only skin-tight pants and see-through bras, they bring to life the comparatively dreary techniques of orthopaedic medicine in a way line drawings and plastic skeletons surely never could.

The pinup pair star in Advanced Examination Techniques in Orthopaedics,* which is fast becoming the bone-doctor's bible in this area of medicine.

Leilani, 25, is pictured standing, sitting and lying flat on her back to illustrate how subjects should be examined. In a series of colour photographs, she and 29-year-old Jade are also manipulated by the hands of unseen clinicians.

Their surprise appearance in the otherwise strictly technical book has apparently divided medical opinion. Some believe the relevant anatomical parts could easily have been shown separately - without featuring the rest of the shapely bodies in question.

On page 71, for example Leilani makes an OK- style signal with her fingers (formally known as the Kiloh-Nevin sign) to facilitate an examination of the anterior interosseous nerve in the hand.

Non-orthopaedic students, however, may be more inclined to examine the rest of the half-page photograph, which just happens to feature her in clinging pants and a see-through exercise bra.

When she illustrates her Bryant's Triangle (a three-sided line traced by movement of the thigh bone in the hip), she switches to bikinistyle knickers to allow the triangle to be plotted in dotted lines above her buttock.

On page 119 (which features the unmissable 'tests for flexion of the distal and proximal interphalangeal joints of the middle finger and thumb') Jade is shown wearing nothing but a translucent stretch bra and a come-hither smile.

Full-length shots capture her in tight black shorts, sporting a jewelled bellybutton, and with blonde hair tumbling across her face. …

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