The advance of operative technic in the last few years has been so satisfactory that relief from the disabling effects of various joint conditions by reconstruction operations has been meeting with increasing success. The number of joints amenable to reconstructive surgery is increasing, and the results are increasingly satisfactory. The value of reconstructive operations is especially evident when the operations are on joints whose functions involve weight bearing. In a few years, the surgical trend has changed from fixing a limb in a favorable attitude to mobilization, and, as a result, improved function. The present status of this work was made possible largely through the excellent work of such men as Putti, Baer and McAusland.
Until recently, we had little hope for successful arthroplasty or reconstructive operations on the hip. We have become more hopeful as regards function of the hip since Royal Whitman, in 1916, performed his first reconstruction