Margaret A.WinkerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Based on personal experience, I would like to add one more injury to Mr Skolnick's1,2 list: "cardiac surgeon's knee." Repatriating to the East Coast in 1993, after a 17-year sojourn in Southern California, I encountered mechanical operating room tables in the open heart theaters at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ. I am 6 ft tall and weigh 190 lbs and, as I was standing close to the head of the table during an open heart operation, I noticed that my left lateral knee was being traumatized by the mechanical crank assembly that is necessary for positioning the table, which was originally designed for laparotomy.
Brenner WI. Medical Monikers. JAMA. 1998;280(5):420-421. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-5-jbk0805