August 1980

Tendon Surgery of the Hand

Author Affiliations

Palo Alto, Calif


edited by Claude Verdan, 186 pp, $49, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(8):1004. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380080094024

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This volume is a worthy addition to the library of the surgeon interested in the hand. It is a compendium of information on anatomy, physiology, and surgery of the tendons, written by members of Groupe d'Etude de la Main.

The first section, devoted to tendon anatomy, lacks scope. The forearm is virtually ignored. Little mention is made of the relationships between flexors, extensors, skeleton, and ligamentous elements. The lymphatic supply to the flexors is detailed with little discussion of the vascular anatomy. On the other hand, the review of the significance of the lumbricals is thorough.

The second section of the book provides a sound understanding of the mechanisms of tendon healing. The conflict between vascular tissue ingrowth and adhesion formation at the flexor tendon juncture is detailed.

The greatest portion of the book is devoted to surgery of the flexor tendons. The repair of the flexor within the fibrous

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