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In the treatment of congenital dislocation of the hip by modern methods, reduction of the dislocation by manipulative or operative means, we must wait long for a success to become an assured one; we may not have to wait long for failure. Therefore any one reporting success can do so, at the present time, only with the qualification that the case is "successful up to date." Tomorrow, or the day after, may witness a reluxation, and the work will have to be finally counted a failure or will have to be done over.
I have practiced the operative and manipulative reduction only during the past two years, and my experience will let me speak of but the beginning of my cases which I would count successes; of my failures I can speak with more definiteness. I do not intend to detail methods or case histories in extenso. The literature of
SHERMAN HM. QUESTIONS IN THE TREATMENT OF CONGENITAL DISLOCATIONS OF THE HIP. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(9):451–453. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450090017001e
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