February 1973

Injuries to the Major Branches of Peripheral Nerves of the Forearm.

Author Affiliations

Norfolk, Va


By Morton Spinner, MD. Price, $12.50. Pp 134. WB Saunders Co, Philadelphia, 1972.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(2):244. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350140100034

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The format of this book is a compilation of the author's experience with forearm nerve injuries. Sparse experience of other authors has been included to make this book an important one for the surgeon involved in the care of patients with upper extremity injury.

The major contributions appear to be detailed discussions of the anterior interosseous and posterior interosseous nerves, their anatomical variants, and the difficulties that may befall them not only from injury, but from various sources of compression. Emanuel Kaplan, MD, has made another major contribution to surgery of the hand by his translation from the French of Dr. Jules Tinel's original classic regarding the now often used Tinel's sign and its importance in evaluation of nerve injury.

Chapters on the historical development of hand surgery, nerve repair, and factors affecting return of function following injury are appropriate in introduction of the subject and will serve as a

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