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September 3, 1932


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Fort Worth, Texas

JAMA. 1932;99(10):849. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740620059030

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To the Editor:  —Dislocations of the hip are uncommon injuries and, according to Wilson and Cochrane, form only about 2 per cent of all dislocations. A hip dislocation, however, is not in itself a notable occurrence. To have a man of 37 and a girl of 25 riding in a light coupé strike a tree and both receive a posterior dislocation of the right hip must surely be rare.The couple left a camp to drive to town in a somewhat intoxicated state and on a sharp turn of a narrow road the car veered to the right, striking a tree between the right fender and hood. The car was demolished. Both were brought to the hospital semiconscious, with multiple scalp wounds. The man had also several broken ribs. Both presented a classic flexion and adduction deformity of the right thigh, and both showed a posterior hip dislocation without fracture

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