August 1984

Surgery of the Knee

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by John N. Insall, 828 pp, with 634 illus, $95, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1984.

Arch Surg. 1984;119(8):980-981. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390200094028

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The management of orthopedic problems of the knee is in a state of rapid evolution. This book brings together diversified concepts of knee care. While parts of the book will serve the general medical audience, the majority of the book is intended for the operating orthopedist, and includes in-depth coverage of total-knee arthroplasty, ligament reconstruction, and arthroscopy. The style is intense, thorough, and supplemented with an excellent bibliography.

Although it was written largely by Insall and others from the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, the book has a total of 24 contributors, eight of whom are from Canada and Europe. It covers the whole spectrum of knee problems from basic anatomy and biomechanics to congenital deformities, hemophilia, and tumors. Common problems such as patellofemoral disorders, meniscus tears, and osteochondritis dissecans are covered in appropriate detail. The portions on total-knee arthroplasty, ligament reconstruction, and arthroscopy are timely and informative. A

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