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In situ pinning on unaffected hips for epiphyseodesis was performed on 20 hips order lotrisone 10mg. Methods Pertinent data were reviewed as to duration of preoperative traction and intraopera- tive correction angle by osteotomy and such clinical parameters as range of motion of the hip joint, any pain, and, in unilaterally affected cases, difference in leg length. Roentgenographically, the apparent neck–shaft angle was measured in the anteropos- terior (AP) view and the pre- and postoperative PTA in the lateral view. Results Duration of Traction The duration of preoperative traction ranged from 2 to 114 days (mean, 45 days). According to the classification based on physeal stability, the range of this duration was 2 to 53 days (mean, 21 days) for stable cases and 36 to 114 days (mean, 58 days) for unstable cases. Correction Angle The intraoperative correction angle was 15° to 40° (mean, 31°) on flexion, 10° to 30° (mean, 24°) on valgus, and 25° to 50° (mean, 37°) on anterotation. Clinical Results For range of motion of the hip joint, flexion angle was 20° to 120° (mean, 67°) before operation and improved to 90° to 135° (mean, 118°) at the final follow-up (Fig. Internal rotation angle also improved to 0° to 80° (mean, 34°) at the final follow-up from −30° to 35° (mean, −10°) before operation. External rotation angle, which was 10° to 90° (mean, 59°) before operation, was noted to have improved to 10° to 60° (mean, 40°) at the last follow-up (Fig. None of the patients had a difference in range of motion by 20° or greater at the final checkup. In other words, external rota- tion contracture of the hip joint and Drehman’s sign, which had been evident before operation, were noted to have disappeared in all patients. Development of posterior tilting angle (PTA) joint pain developed in 1 patient in whom there was narrowing of the joint space. Roentgenographic Results PTA ranged from 33° to 72° (mean, 56°) before operation. Postoperatively, it was between 0° and 30° (mean, 19°); the PTA became restored to within the allowable range of up to 30° in all patients (Fig. Apparent neck–shaft angle was between 120° and 155° (mean, 134°) on the first examination and from 140° to 170° (mean, 150°) at the last checkup, hence exhibiting a tendency to coxa valga (Fig. B There was marked bone fragility at 6 weeks after operation, which was performed after 48 days traction (total, 13 weeks bed rest).

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The result will be damaging to doctor-patient relationships 10mg lotrisone for sale, and inevitably to professional status. The relatively high standing of general practice which makes it such an attractive base for New Labour’s moral engineering projects is a wasting asset, one likely to be expended very rapidly if GPs assume the shabby mantle of social work. It is rather ironic that, after seeking to take over the management of the social as well as the medical problems of the neighbourhood, many GPs complain of high levels of stress (not to mention a growing inclination among their patients to assault them). Following the scandal of the high death rates at the Bristol children’s heart surgery unit (culminating in disciplinary action against three doctors in June 1998), the Kent gynaecologist Rodney Ledward (struck off the medical register in October 1998 for gross negligence), and numerous less grievous cases of incompetence or corruption, the Shipman case provided further impetus to the drive to tighten administrative control over the medical profession (Abbasi 1999). In the closing months of 1999, a flurry of documents indicated the direction of measures for tougher action against rogue or ‘under-performing’ doctors and for closer regulation of the profession as a whole. The GMC published its long-awaited plans for the regular ‘revalidation’ of doctors based on an assessment of their fitness to practise (Buckley 1999). The RCGP and the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA jointly produced proposals on how revalidation could be implemented in general practice (RCGP October 1999, November 1999). Meanwhile the government’s chief medical officer, Liam Donaldson, issued a consultation paper on ‘preventing, recognising and dealing with poor performance’ among doctors, proposing ‘assessment and support centres’—immediately dubbed ‘boot camps’ or ‘sin bins’—for delinquent doctors (DoH November 1999). These 130 THE CRISIS OF MODERN MEDICINE measures to strengthen the regulation of medical practice overlapped with the drive to implement new systems of quality control under the banner of ‘clinical governance’. The two key agencies overseeing this process—the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI)—opened for business in the course of 1999. The government now adopted a higher profile in pursuing the reform of medical practice. In his party conference speech in September 1999, prime minister Tony Blair condemned the ‘forces of conservatism’—specifically referring to the BMA—that were holding back the government’s modernising reforms (The Times, 29 September). In fact, the forces of conservatism in the medical profession—indeed any forces of opposition to the drive towards tighter regulation—were difficult to discern. By contrast to its vigorous campaign against the Conservative reforms of the early 1990s, the BMA’s response to the New Labour initiatives was generally favourable. Indeed, the distinctive feature of the late 1990s reforms was that they were backed by powerful forces within the profession. Influential professional bodies like the GMC and the royal colleges were broadly in favour of the reforms (indeed, in substance, they had initiated them).

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