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March 21, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(12):961-962. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720380049023

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Annual Meeting of Orthopedic Society  At the twenty-first annual session of the Società italiana di ortopedia in Rome under the chairmanship of Prof. Dalla Vedova the first official paper, "The Surgical Treatment of Tuberculosis of the Knee," was presented by Drs. Meazzi and Fusari of Trieste. The speakers brought out that, although the surgical method has been condemned and the conservative method adopted by the majority of surgeons, in osteo-articular localizations of tuberculosis, cases of surgical intervention have not been lacking. The chief objection to the conservative methods is that they require a long time. The speakers reviewed various methods, old and new, used in the treatment of tuberculosis of the knee. Synovectomy, if performed as the sole intervention in arthritis, is an insufficient operation, which experience has long since condemned. In synovitis it has always given worse results than are secured by heliotherapy. In gonitis tuberculosa in young men,

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