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Arthroscopy. 1987;3(1):1-3.

Memories of the early days of arthroscopy: 1965-1975. The formative years.


In the decade from 1965 to 1975, arthroscopy advanced from a medical curiosity to a useful adjunct in the treatment of joint disease. The International Arthroscopy Association was established in 1974, with the prime purpose of teaching arthroscopy and disseminating information regarding the technique. Rapid advances were made in the field of instrumentation, courses were organized, and regular meetings were held as a forum for the exchange of information. Hence, in only 10 years, the technique became an established part of knee joint surgery, and the door was opened for the exploration of other joints. Dr. Masaki Watanabe deserves full credit for his contribution, which medical historians will undoubtedly establish as one of the great advances in orthopaedic surgery in the twentieth century.

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