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March 1931


Arch Surg. 1931;22(3):463-484. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1931.01160030114007

One may frequently gain considerable information from a careful study of the position of deformity or attitude of the lower extremities associated with lesions involving the hip joint. A characteristic gait not infrequently enables one to suspect a certain lesion, and it is not uncommon for one to suspect a definite lesion of the hip joint from careful inspection alone without resorting to further examination by palpation, manipulation, measurements, muscle tests, roentgen and laboratory tests, since certain lesions about the hip joint are manifested by more or less characteristic attitudes. The purpose of this paper is not to point out that the observation of the position of deformity or attitude of the lower extremities will make possible a "snap" diagnosis, but to emphasize the fact that such an observation may aid in the differential diagnosis and in determining further examination necessary to arrive at a correct opinion. The internist may

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