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June 1936

THE ACETABULAR INDEX IN INFANTS IN RELATION TO CONGENITAL DISLOCATION OF THE HIP

Arch Surg. 1936;32(6):1049-1054. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1936.01180240137007

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Abstract

It is axiomatic that prevention is more valuable than cure. The practice of this principle is nowhere more desirable than in the management of congenital dislocation of the hip. This common lesion has been studied carefully for decades by hundreds of surgeons all over the world with the result that its pathologic process is thoroughly appreciated, and success in its treatment is readily obtainable, yet there is no one established system but a diversity of methods, even when the treatment is applied during infancy. When the condition continues to childhood or early adolescence, not to speak of adult life, without recognition or adequate treatment, then treatment by any method aims only for improvement in ambulation and for some measure of stability of the hip. So it was like a refreshing breeze on a hot summer day to listen to Dr. Putti, in July 1929 in London, expounding his theory of

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