June 5, 1954

Surgery of Repair as Applied to Hand Injuries.

JAMA. 1954;155(6):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690240084042

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The authors state in their preface, "Against wider horizons of modern surgical endeavor there is always a sobering thought in the high standards of structural exactitude required to subserve the many perfections of simplicity and intricacy which make up the normal functioning unit of the human hand. To contribute in some measure to the natural restoration of the hand from the unnatural effects which beset individuals today offers unique stimulus, scope and prize to the art of surgery and to the craft of surgeons." The authors have generally refrained from basic descriptions of elementary operative procedures that, as they state, "... every well-trained surgeon of injury must know today." Their concern is rather with the correct and timely application of these procedures. They have ably achieved their goal. Part 1 deals with the social significance of hand injuries, the surgical anatomy of the hand, the organization in relation to hand injuries,

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