JOHN P. STUMP, M.D.
Orthopedic surgery provides many excellent reconstructive operations for overcoming the crippling deformities of arthritis.1, 2, 3, 4 Whenever the writer has had to treat a patient by an arthrodesis or the reconstruction of a joint, the need has been apparent for an effort on the part of the medical profession5, 6 to prevent the deformities requiring such procedures. Thereby, patients whose vitality is already depleted by the ravages of a chronic systemic disease would be saved from submitting to major operations. The need for a concerted effort to preserve normal joint structure and function becomes more evident in view of
STUMP JP. THE PREVENTION OF ARTHRITIC DEFORMITIES BY EARLY ORTHOPEDIC MANAGEMENT1. Ann Intern Med. ;14:87–99. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-1-87
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