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August 5, 1998

Medical Monikers

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(5):420-421. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-5-jbk0805

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.

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