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From the North American viewpoint in 1980 the stated objective of this book is an anachronism, and study of its technical content gives the reader the interesting feeling of being transported in time with an accomplished and thorough surgeon who is providing a sophisticated look at hand surgery as it was practiced ten to 15 years ago. Now in its third printing in Germany, this book was written by a general surgeon and "may be regarded as a reference book that covers only those procedures and techniques that my own experience with hand surgery has shown to be practicable even by less experienced surgeons," based on the premise that in the field of hand surgery, "there is a general trend toward the increased operative treatment of injuries, conservative and simple operative (and thus lower risk) forms of treatment are unjustly threatened with extinction."
The author's approach to reparative hand surgery
McGRATH MH. The Injured Hand: A Clinical Handbook for General Surgeons. Arch Surg. 1980;115(6):798. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380060094030