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Iain Goff

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date: 22 July 2019

The challenge in selecting ten landmark papers in osteoarthritis is as great for selecting the papers to leave out as for choosing the ones to include. The authors of this chapter consulted widely, speaking with members of the British Society for Rheumatology Osteoarthritis Special Interest Group, which includes clinicians, allied health professionals, biomechanicists, and pure scientists. The papers selected for this chapter include William Heberden’s first description of nodal osteoarthritis; initial results from a novel hip replacement procedure; image-based predictions for the progression of osteoarthritis; and papers on the prevalence of symptoms and signs of osteoarthritis in the population, among others. Although most of the papers concern osteoarthritis of the knee, this is a genuine reflection of current state of research. Therefore, a major assumption made in generalizing the results of these studies is that osteoarthritis of the knee is a suitable model for osteoarthritis at other body sites.

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