Shouldice Hospital has been dedicated to the repair of hernias for over 55 years. Our success rate has long been the benchmark for the medical profession internationally. Success sometimes breeds imitation. We often hear of institutions or associations proclaiming to be performing the "Shouldice Technique" or the "Canadian Method", as if it were a secret formula that has been smuggled out of Thornhill. In fact, we have welcomed doctors from around the world to observe our method of hernia repair and we have always made detailed technical descriptions and reprints from medical journals available to all interested physicians and surgeons.