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November 29, 1947


Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

From the Section on Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1947;135(13):827-831. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890130017008

Between 1782 and 1803 William Hey1 published numerous papers on "internal derangements" of the knee. For the next hundred years little more was learned about these conditions. However, from the turn of the present century until 1935 much advancement was made, particularly in respect to the diagnosis, description of pathologic changes and the treatment of lesions of the meniscuses. Among those in years past who contributed much to knowledge of internal derangements were Sir Robert Jones,2 Morison,3 Lane,4 Fisher,5 Bristow,6 Fagge,7 Bosworth,8 Campbell,9 Goldthwait,10 Surls and Osgood,11 King12 and Shands.13 In recent years hundreds of articles have been written, supposedly pathognomonic diagnostic tests have been developed and numerous surgical technics have been advocated for lesions of the meniscuses of the knee joint. Each of these, according to the individual proponent concerned, is best; yet the good results

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