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Ode to Total Knee Arthroplasty(With Apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Paul Revere)
William L. Healy, MD1
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. E-mail address: William.L.Healy@Lahey.org
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This poem was first read during the Presidential Address at the Members Meeting of The Knee Society on October 9, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts.
—W.L.H.

Copyright ©2010 American Society for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2010 Feb 01;92(2):506-507. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.I.01397
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    Dorothea Z. Lack, PhD
    Posted on February 16, 2010
    Ode to Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Patient's Response. With Apologies to Longfellow, Revere and Healy
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    Listen Dear Doctors, and You Shall Hear
    the Poignant Tale of A Gal from Revere (Massachusetts)

    A Story of Painful Hips and Knees,
    Deformed and Disabled by Arthritic Disease.

    A Tale of Treatment by Canes and Walkers,
    And Now and Then By a Few Talkers.

    She Hobbled Along and Tried to Be Brave,
    in Hopes that her Old Joints Could be Saved.

    Now and Then There was a Brace,
    This was Indeed a Difficult Case.
    Couldn't be Osteo said one Doc,
    Glancing Secretly at his Clock.

    Let's put some Cortisone in that joint,
    Meanwhile she stared at the needle's sharp
    point.

    She puzzled the good docs in her town,
    which led them to send her to a gown.

    There's no more to do,
    These Joints are Through,
    Not one, Not two, not three, but four
    For these joints, we can do no more.

    Bionic Woman with New Hips and Knees,
    Painless Mobility Sure to Please.
    A Handsome Surgeon, Kind in Scrubs,
    Directs the Team,
    All as Brilliant as they Seem.

    She's Dumped Her Walker, Dumped her Cane,
    And BEST OF ALL,
    There is NO PAIN!

    The author did not receive any outside funding or grants in support of her research for or preparation of this work. Neither she nor a member of her immediate family received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, division, center, clinical practice, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the author, or a member of her immediate family, is affiliated or associated.

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