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MYOKINETIC STUDIES OF TRANSPLANTED MUSCLES ABOUT THE KNEE

T. H. VINKE, M.D.
Arch Surg. 1934;29(3):345-364. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1934.01180030010002.
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It is the purpose of this paper to present an accurate method of studying muscular contraction and its significance to gait in the normal person and after transplantation of muscles. The principles of these studies are found in Dr. Arthur Steindler's comprehensive lectures on myokinesiology and the work of Dr. R. Scherb. I shall briefly review the anatomy and physiology of the muscles of the thigh and outline the myokinesiology of the knee and the structures about it. These subjects are intimately related and are essential for an adequate discussion of transplantation of tendons. I have designed an instrument, the myokinesiometer, for the purpose of accurately recording muscular action in gait. The record obtained with the myokinesiometer shows the time and the extent of muscular contractions as compared with various phases of gait. I believe that the findings can be applied to orthopedic surgery, especially in cases of muscular imbalance

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