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In 1970, splendid French filmmaker Erich Rohmer wrote and directed a nearly perfect flick: Claire’s Knee. Jerome, a career French diplomat, decides to take a short holiday on Lake Annecy just before his wedding. He’s decided he may let his eye rove, at least a little. To his surprise, he runs into Aurora, an old friend; in making acquaintances with Aurora’s retinue, meets Claire. One balmy afternoon, Jerome spies Claire climbing on a ladder, and becomes smitten with the tender image of her perfectly sculpted knee emerging from beneath her dress. The next day, as circumstances have it, he finds himself out on the lake in a small boat with Claire. A storm emerges, and when Jerome and Claire take shelter, Jerome tells Claire he saw her boyfriend cavorting with another woman the day before. Claire weeps, and Jerome comforts her by reaching over and caressing Claire’s gorgeous, lissome knee.
Knees are fine things, but as with so many other aspects of our health, we tend mostly to notice them when they are bad, when they are misbehaving, when to our surprise they are hurting us after years of silent, high-burden service. Michael Jorrin has lived a full life but continues going strong, and has now lost both knees to an orthopod’s knife. When I checked in with him recently, he was doing amazingly well, well except for the whipcracking physical therapist (he’s nicknamed her “Torquemada” and tells me that when she takes a brutarian turn with him she speaks highly guttural German, occasionally threatening him with her cat-o’-nine-tails) who is making him flex and exert his new knee brutally so that it’s planted and broken in nicely for him. He’s at work on a clever new Doc Gumshoe column about an uncommon but very serious condition afflicting at least one Irregular, one you may have heard about from certain TV adverts.
While Claire’s knee caused Jerome to deliquesce, our knees are not necessarily home to orthopedic perfection. Among adults 60 or over, 37 percent have symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, a fact ...
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