The Lubrication of Human Joints

  • D. Dowson
  • V. Wright


The remarkable performance of load-bearing human joints is well known, but it has to be admitted at the outset that our knowledge of the mode of operation is far from complete. It might be thought that an answer to the question ‘Is the human joint protected by boundary or fluid-film lubrication?’ would be readily available, but there is no clear response. The reason for this might be that we are asking the wrong question.


Articular Cartilage Hyaluronic Acid Synovial Fluid Boundary Lubrication Transfer Film 
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© Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Dowson
    • 1
  • V. Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe UniversityLeedsEngland
  2. 2.Rheumatism Research UnitThe UniversityLeedsEngland

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