Back in the day, imagine how tortuous medicine was. You wake up young, healthy and active one morning and then your femur, ankle, and arm. You have to lie there in pain for hours given that the ambulance transport and emergency rooms were far from as efficient as today. Then having your fractures manipulated back in place and as a reward, lying there immobile for 3 weeks in traction only to then be wheeled back to the operating room, be put out, and wake up in a hip spica cast for another 2-3 months. After getting out of that cast, having to relearn to walk with a leg shortened from the fracture, and limping in pain for the rest of your life since joint replacements just were starting to be used. Tough life back in the day.