October 31, 1977

The Hand: Diagnosis and Indications

Author Affiliations

University Hospitals Iowa City


by Graham Lister, 224 pp, with illus, $27.50, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1977.

JAMA. 1977;238(18):1959. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280190061038

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To inject still another treatise on a subject about which current writings nearly reach the supersaturation point demands a unique approach. In my opinion, Lister, despite his modest disclaimer that the work is "entirely derivative," has indeed arranged the text in a most informative and novel manner.

He has written a book on physical diagnosis as the indispensable prerequisite for managing a variety of hand injuries and diseases. In so doing, he reached his goal of showing how to "arrive at logical decisions based entirely on meticulous examination."

The table of contents, with a short, valuable statement summarizing each chapter, provides the first clue that the reader can expect much of this concisely and lucidly written, well-illustrated volume. This initial impression receives rapid confirmation from the superb chapter on injury, which shows how a precise history, knowledge of surface anatomy, and physical diagnosis serve as the basis for a plan