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June 11, 1949

Osteo-Arthritis of the Hip-Joint

JAMA. 1949;140(6):576. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900410072032

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This book is based on Crowe's personal experience with a large number of cases of osteoarthritis of the hip joint. He asserts that degeneration is not the main causal factor, that the relief of the patient's pain should never be the primary object of therapy but rather the arrest of the pathologic process together with measures of rehabilitation.

The scope of the book is chiefly medical. With two exceptions, operations are not described, because as soon as the methods advocated by Crowe become generally used the surgeon will no longer have to advocate fixation of the joint as the only remedy for intolerable pain.

The basis of this book is a series of 500 cases treated since 1927 with the full use of the facilities available at the Charterhouse Rheumatism Clinic.

Harry Coke's biochemical researches have been the main factor in deciding such issues as the degree of infection, of

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