Biology of the Synovial Joint

Overview

This unique collection of reviews has arisen due to the belief of the Editors that joints need to be studied as a whole organ. Too often workers concentrate only on one tissue without considering the effects that a pathological change or injury in one part may have upon the whole joint. The synovial joint is a complex unit composed of many separate parts, such as cartilage, bone, ligament, and synovium, all of which play a role in the functionality of the whole. These tissues must exist and work together in ...
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Overview

This unique collection of reviews has arisen due to the belief of the Editors that joints need to be studied as a whole organ. Too often workers concentrate only on one tissue without considering the effects that a pathological change or injury in one part may have upon the whole joint. The synovial joint is a complex unit composed of many separate parts, such as cartilage, bone, ligament, and synovium, all of which play a role in the functionality of the whole. These tissues must exist and work together in close, and often strenuous, conditions. Therefore a certain level of interaction is to be expected.

The authors have been chosen for their wide-ranging expertise, thus contributions range from the molecular and biochemical, through development and cell biology, to histological, anatomical, and clinical studies. Together they provide a comprehensive and useful source of reference for anyone interested in the biology of joints.

"...a unique collection of reviews for studying joints as a whole organ...a comprehensive resource for pathologists."

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Editorial Reviews

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The synovial joint is a complex unit composed of many separate parts including cartilage, bone, ligament, and synovium, all of which play a role in the functionality of the whole and which interact with each other. In this volume, specialists in all of the component tissues of joints provide an integrated perspective on the complexity of joints and the way the different tissues or structures operate together to produce a functional unit. The volume's 27 contributions are divided into seven sections: the development of synovial joints; articular cartilage; synovium; the joint capsule composed of tendons and ligaments; tissue interfaces in joints; joint innervation; and clinical issues. These contributions are based around contributions to a symposium of the same name held in Cardiff, Wales in June 1996. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789057023279
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/22/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
An Introduction to Synovial Joints
The Development of Joints and Articular Cartilage
The Role of Hyaluronan in Joint Cavitation
Articular Cartilage Morphology and Biology
The Collagens of Articular and Meniscal Cartilages
Collagens in Joint Tissues
Matrix Turnover in Joint Tissues: the Role of Metalloproteinases
The Biology of Synovial Cells
Biochemistry of the Synovium and Synovial Fluid
Ageing and Pathology of the Rotator Cuff
The Attachment of Tendons and Ligaments to Bone
Principles of Joint Biomechanics
Clinical Problems Associated with the Hand and Forearm
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