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March 1934

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ANATOMIC CHANGES IN KNEE JOINT WITH ADVANCING AGE AND DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1934;53(3):325-344. doi:10.1001/archinte.1934.00160090002001
Abstract

The acquirement of knowledge concerning arthritis has been delayed by a lack of detailed information regarding the changes which may be encountered with advancing age. Such information is highly desirable in order to assist in defining the limits of normal for a given age period. It is of further importance from the point of view of the ultimate changes that may occur in a joint which has been the site of an injury resulting from invasion by infective agents, and, finally, it provides knowledge regarding the early stages of disorders of the joints. For these reasons we have made a systematic study of 100 knee joints removed at consecutive necropsies, and in this article we detail the gross anatomic findings and discuss their significance.

MATERIAL AND METHODS  One hundred knee joints were removed from 77 cadavers. The cases were not selected on the basis of previous clinical diagnosis or the

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