April 1978

Biomechanics of the Knee

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by Paul G. J. Maquet, $68.90, 230 pp, 184 illus, New York, Springer Verlag, 1976.

Arch Surg. 1978;113(4):533. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370160191035

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This volume presents biomechanics of the knee with application to the pathogenesis and surgical treatment of osteoarthritis. The illustrations, particularly the roentgenograms, are of excellent quality. The test is comprised of eight chapters and an appendix.

Chapter 1 succinctly states the aims and limitations of the presented work. A concise review of the literature and the deficiencies in previous work are pointed out in Chapter 2. The methods used by the author, which included mathematical analysis, anatomical experiments, use of photoelastic models, and clinical and radiological material are discussed in the third chapter. Chapter 4 on mechanics of the knee gives the author's calculations of the forces on the knee during two-legged stance, single-legged stance, and while walking. Patellofemoral force calculations, contact area determinations, and contacted stresses are also calculated. The pathomechanics of osteoarthritis based on theoretical analysis, roentgenographic changes, and the use of photoelastic models to illustrate the distribution

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