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Mim Baker Finkelstein

Stony Brook, NY
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"Straight Legs"

A year ago, after a long career in college teaching, the mostly sedentary nature of my work caught up with me. I was having difficulty walking. My legs, which had been bowed from birth, were becoming more seriously bowed. I didn't think there was anything I could do about it. Nothing much, that is, until I found Dr. Eduardo Salvati and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Now, a year later and two total knee replacements later, I have two beautifully straight legs and I walk with ease and pleasure. Some people tell me, "Well you were just lucky." That is true I am fortunate but I attribute my good fortune to the Hospital for Special Surgery and the splendid care I received there. From the social worker who first interviewed me, to the nurses, aids, and PT folks who cared for me, and most of to the surgeon who gave me the courage to do it--I cannot say enough. The Hospital for Special Surgery well deserves its international reputation for excellence. I think it should be made a national monument.

Dr. Mim Baker Finkelstein- Professor Emerita of English