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May 21, 1955


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, the Lahey Clinic.

JAMA. 1955;158(3):161-165. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030011004

From June, 1939, to January, 1953, 114 Vitallium mold arthroplasties of the hip for various disabilities were performed at the Lahey Clinic on 104 patients. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate, carefully and objectively, the end-results of this procedure by both history and clinical examination.1 These patients ranged in age from 15 to 67 years, and 85% were between the ages of 20 and 59 at the time of operation. Fifty-eight per cent of the patients were females. The great majority of the patients complained of progressive, disabling pain in the hip, associated with stiffness, limp, and difficulty in walking. A few patients had ankylosis in poor position, which warranted operative correction. Arthroplasty was advised for 10 patients who had incapacitating bilateral hip disease. The exact diagnosis of the pathological process in the hip was readily indicated by the history, examination, and roentgenograms in the majority of

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