December 1972

The Care of Minor Hand Injuries

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass


ed 3. By Adrian E Flatt, MD, M Chir, FRCS. Price, $21.50. Pp 293. CV Mosby Co, 3207 Washington Blvd, St. Louis 63103, 1972.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(6):972. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180120147027

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Revised and expanded, this current edition like its predecessors, was written "to help those members of the profession who may be forced by circumstances to treat hand injury patients without the help of previous experience." While acknowledging the fact that no injury is truly minor, the author focuses on problems which have little tissue damage and which can generally be managed on an outpatient basis without the expectation of postoperative complications.

This highly readable book is divided into two sections: "General Principles of Care" (including functional anatomy) and "The Care of Specific Injuries: A Wide Spectrum From Burns and Bites to Felons and Fractures." Each of these chapters contains very useful material no matter what the reader's previous experience in the hand. Nail injuries, for example, too frequently disregarded in many texts, are well discussed here.

The author is a good teacher and his dogmatism generally succeeds in its pedagocical

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