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The term hip disease is used for any chronic inflammation in the synovial membrane of the hip joint, in the acetabulum, in the head, neck, or great trochanter of the femur, or in the soft parts immediately surrounding these, which, if allowed to progress without treatment, would ultimately present the symptoms of a tubercular arthritis From a clinical standpoint—the standpoint from which this article is written—it does not appear possible to the authors to accurately diagnose the situation of the primary lesion in more than a few cases; nor is it possible to differentiate between a small tubercular focus in the acetabulum and one in the head or neck of the femur, and often it is not possible, for some time, to differentiate between a condition which will ultimately result in the separation of the head of the femur, and one in which will end
RIDLON J, JONES R. HIP DISEASE. JAMA. 1893;XX(7):170–177. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420340004001a
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