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January 13, 1984

Knee Pain and Disability

Author Affiliations

College Park, Md

JAMA. 1984;251(2):266. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340260070036

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Fifteen years ago, patella chondromalacia, or "runner's knee," was a dread disease. A runner would experience pain behind the patella and be treated to no avail with analgesics, steroid injections, and sometimes surgery. He would then think that he would never run again. Nowadays, many cases of knee pain are easily curable with special inserts placed in the shoes.

Dr Cailliet has ignored the relationship between footstrike and the knee, but he has written a good book that is easy to understand. He describes the anatomy of the knee as it relates to function. His discussions on injuries to the menisci cover function, pathology, and treatment. Each ligament of the knee is discussed in detail. Arthritis and disorders of the kneecap are covered. Fractures and knee deformities are examined.

This is a book that should be owned by every first-year surgical resident. It teaches how muscles, ligaments, and cartilage function