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December 9, 1961

Dislocation of Hip in a Child

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421 Huguenot St., New Rochelle, N.Y.

JAMA. 1961;178(10):1051. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040490077018

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To the Editor:—  An article by Dr. Raymond G. Tronzo entitled "Traumatic Dislocation of the Hip in a Child: A Problem in Anesthetic Management" appeared in The Journal (176:526 [May 13] 1961). In the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (19:1126 [Oct.] 1937), I reported a "Traumatic Dislocation of Head of Femur in a Child." My patient was 6 years of age at the time of the accident. I reduced the dislocation of the head of the femur by the Simpson method without using narcotics or an anesthetic. Although Simpson reported his maneuver for the reduction of a dislocation of the hip more than 60 years ago, the method seems to have fallen into undeserved disuse. In my experience the Simpson method is simple, easy to carry out, and usually successful.Briefly, the Simpson method consists in placing the patient prone on a firm table with the pelvis

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