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September 1975

Diseases of the Knee Joint

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Boston

 

by I.S. Smillie, 459 pp, $55, Longman Inc, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(9):1157. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360150101027

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Abstract

This is not an ordinary book. It is extraordinary. Like the author's Injuries to the Knee Joint of 30 years ago, it is immediately recognized as a personal classic, at the other end of the spectrum from the type of scholarly effort which the late Alfred North Whitehead acidly characterized as a collection of "one second-hand scrap of information illustrating ideas derived from another second-hand scrap of information."

Every concept presented in spare, crisp terms has obviously been observed, studied, digested, and tested for many years. To cite a few: Never has examination of the patient and the knee been better described. Arthroscopy and arthrography are firmly put in their place as aids to and not substitution for examination. The usefulness of the patella and the case for its preservation is irrefutable. The relationship of the horizontal cleavage tear of the medial meniscus to medial pain in the ageing knee,

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