August 14, 1972

Injuries to the Major Branches of Peripheral Nerves of the Forearm

Author Affiliations

University of Kentucky Lexington


by Morton Spinner, 141 pp, with illus, $12.50, W. B. Saunders Co., 1972.

JAMA. 1972;221(7):719. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200200065038

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A wealth of modern experience in treating peripheral nerve injuries has enabled Dr. Spinner to write this monograph. Diagnosis and treatment of traumatic lesions of the median, ulnar, and radial nerves, as well as their branches, receive attention rarely afforded in most texts on peripheral nerve injuries. Careful case analyses reveal excellent results of nerve repair. The most staunch advocates of delayed nerve repair would find difficulty disagreeing with the author's rationale for primary (immediate) repair of smaller branches of the major forearm nerves.

The substance of this monograph, including photographs and bibliography, represents a collection of the author's earlier writings originally published in orthopedic journals. These works have been expanded by the addition of a historical introduction, including a translation of Tinel's original work; this section seems out of place in such a specialized monograph.

Unfortunately, the awkward sentence structure makes the complex anatomical and pathological descriptions even more