October 18, 1947

Surgery of the Hand

JAMA. 1947;135(7):467. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890070069028

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The author states that this monograph is written primarily for general practitioners, industrial medical officers and house surgeons, and for that reason he has avoided overloading the pages with details of major surgical reconstructions and obscure diseases. He has carried out his task exceedingly well. The text is clear and concise, and except for a few minor details one would agree wholeheartedly with everything he says.

A chapter of introduction and discussion of general principles is followed by brief chapters on the distal phalanx (felon and paronychia), lymphangitis and a more extensive discussion of tendon sheath infections and infections of the palmar spaces. A brief chapter on complications and sequelae of hand infections is followed by a longer discussion of restoration of function. Section two, comprising one third of the volume, is devoted to injuries, congenital and acquired defects and tumors of the hand.

In the treatment of acute lymphangitis

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