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Hard and soft osteo-arthritis
  1. C. P. Broad

    Abstract

    This short paper attempts to show how the X-ray appearance influences the choice and success of operative procedures performed on the hip and knee joints for osteo-arthritis. If the bones look ‘soft’ the only methods likely to succeed are those in which total replacement coupled with the use of cement ensure firm anchorage and wide distribution of stress. When bones look ‘hard’ simpler methods are usually satisfactory.

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