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March 17, 1906

AN UNUSUAL CASE OF SPONTANEOUS DISLOCATION OF THE SHOULDER.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(11):800-802. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510380038003b
Abstract

Patient.  —Chas. M., white, aged 16, schoolboy. Family History.—Entirely negative.

Previous History.  —Other than the ordinary diseases of childhood, the patient has never suffered any serious illness. No history of traumatism can be elicited.

Present History.  —Since early childhood the patient has at all times been able, by means of a certain series of manipulations, which consisted, for the most part, in raising and externally rotating the shoulder, "to throw both joints out of their sockets," producing, as a careful examination revealed, a complete subcoracoid dislocation. He had also learned easily to replace the bones by a reverse movement, and in neither case was there any pain produced. At times, while engaged in active gymnastic exercises, e. g., club swinging, basketball, etc., the luxation was voluntarily produced.During the past three months, however, he began to suffer some inconvenience when the left shoulder was either voluntarily or involuntarily dislocated, and

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