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August 30, 1958

Vitallium Mould Arthroplasty for Osteoarthritis of the Hip Joint: A Study of the Ability of the Method to Create a New Joint in an Anatomical-Physiological and in a Clinical Sense

JAMA. 1958;167(18):2255. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990350093022

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Abstract

This monograph represents the author's analysis of 301 cases of arthroplasty of the hip performed by several surgeons. The author personally saw and reexamined each of these patients in his follow-up studies. The reported results cover periods of one to seven years after arthroplasty. Most of the arthroplasties were done on the technique of SmithPetersen, with use of a vitallium cup. The author emphasizes his desire to determine the ability of the vitallium mould arthroplasty to create a new joint in an anatomical and physiological, as well as a clinical, sense. Experimental studies with rabbits demonstrate regeneration of articular cartilage within the cup and a normal appearing synovia lining the soft tissues of the hip joint. The author spent 10 months in the United States as a Fulbright traveling fellow and worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was inspired by the work and personality of Dr. Smith-Petersen. The

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