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October 21, 1983

The Knee: Form, Function, and Ligament Reconstruction

Author Affiliations

University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City

JAMA. 1983;250(15):2068. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340150100047

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This 314-page book, with a foreword by Dr Jack Hughston of Columbus, Ga, has a bibliography of 404 publications and an alphabetical index for improved reference. The book is divided into two parts: part 1 covers the anatomy, kinematics, and examination of the knee; part 2 discusses evaluation of the knee, operative technique for acute and chronic injury, postoperative rehabilitation, and the results of operative treatment.

The purpose of this book is not stated, but the author's viewpoint is similar to that of other aggressive knee surgeons, such as O'Donoghue, Hughston, and Trillat: that anatomy is an expression of function and that in order to restore function you must restore the anatomy. In addition, while individual anatomic structures may vary, the knee is comprised of functional anatomic units that work synergistically. Therefore, there will be a constant interrelationship among these functional units, which must be restored following a specific injury.