This memorial commemorates Josep Trueta i Raspall (18971977), a Spanish medical doctor who was forced into exile to England after the Spanish Civil War, during which he had been the chief of trauma services for the city of Barcelona. Eventually he became Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Oxford.
During World War II, he helped to organize medical emergency services. His use of a new plaster cast method for the treatment of open wounds and fractures helped save a great number of lives during the war.

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