The Structure and Function of the Proximal End of the Femur

  title={The Structure and Function of the Proximal End of the Femur},
  author={Rebecca Garden},
The familiar outline ofthe proximal end ofthe femur is characterised by its almost spherical head, slightly flattened neck and two trochanters with their communicating intertrochanteric ridge (Fig. 1 ). Frontal section of the uppermost third of the femur shows the powerful cortex and fragile medulla of the shaft (Fig. 2). Above the lesser trochanter this arrangement is reversed, and a thin cortical shell clothes the dense arrangement of cancellous bone which forms the internal weight-bearing… CONTINUE READING


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