May 1935


Author Affiliations

From the service of Dr. Harry Finkelstein at the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Arch Surg. 1935;30(5):805-819. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1935.01180110076005

Injuries to the crucial ligaments have been considered among the more serious internal derangements of the knee joint, and a great deal of surgical thought and work has been directed toward obviating the ill effects of these injuries. At the outset, Mayo-Robson1 and others attempted simple suture of the torn ligament. Later silk, then wire and finally fascia wrapped about silk were used to replace the torn ligament. However, Sir Robert Jones called attention to the fact that in complete dislocations of the knee, rupture of both crucial ligaments had to be predicated, and he expressed the opinion that the good results, when present, were due to the effects of prolonged rest rather than to the repair of the torn ligaments. In 1917, Hey Groves2 published the description of his operation for the reconstruction of the ruptured anterior crucial ligaments. Though it effected a great improvement of the

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