June 1975

The Care of the Rheumatoid Hand

Author Affiliations

Oakland, Calif


ed 3, by Adrian E. Flatt, $24.75, 296 pp, CV Mosby Co, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(6):765. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360120083029

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This book represents a very successful attempt to present in one rather small volume the present state of knowledge of the rheumatoid hand. The third edition has been largely rewritten to reflect the remarkable advances made in recent years. The illustrations are excellent and the bibliography extensive.

There is a great deal of information on kinesiology and the pathomechanics of rheumatoid deformity, an understanding of which is an absolute necessity for anyone contemplating a surgical assault on these disabled hands.

Because of the interdependence of all musculoarticular units distal to the radius, including their motor nerves about the elbow, it is difficult to present all pertinent material on pathomechanics directly preceding the description of surgical approaches to a given group of deformities, a fact the author notes in his preface. With the possible exception of the chapter on the thumb, the book must be read and understood in its entirety

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