Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today's Textbook Quotable

"The knee joint is relatively weak mechanically because of the incongruence of its articular surfaces, which has been compared to two balls sitting on a warped table top". 

Come again Clinically Oriented Anatomy (6th ed.)?? Can you unpack that analogy a little for me please??

6 comments:

Grumpy, M.D. said...

You mean that isn't clear enough for you? Here, let me try to help.

"Because of the differential in mass between the upper and lower surfaces of the knee, there is a relativistic warping of the space-time continuum at the joint, which varies depending on the angle. This contributes to a quantum instability of the local mass."

Albinoblackbear said...

*Facepalm*. Nooowww I get it!

Phew.

Thanks for that. :)

Is that a direct quote from "The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul" or something?? heheh

Grumpy, M.D. said...

No. Made it up while typing up a note on an epilepsy patient just now.

I have the internet and my dictations always open, and work back and forth on them between patients.

Pissed Off Patient said...

What does it mean that I actually kind of liked that explanation?

M

Lorelei Armstrong said...

&#$*@ Teabaggers!

Old MD Girl said...

Wait until you do renal....