March 1981

Atlas of Acute Hand Injuries

Author Affiliations

Bridgeport, Conn


by Sigurd C. Sandzen, Jr, 442 pp, $95, 1,144 illus, New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1980.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(3):371. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380150089030

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If one picture is worth 1,000 words, what are more than 1,000 pictures worth? To be exact, this book has 1,144 pictures, 653 of them in color. It portrays an astonishing array and variety of hand injuries. The graphics are excellent and so are most of the photographs. They show very well the extent of tissue damage in many types of injury, and also show appropriate repair techniques, as well as some that are inappropriate.

Each of the 19 chapters deals with various types of injuries classified either by the kind of tissue involved or by the mechanism of injury. Throughout, the author demonstrates a healthy respect for the ability of the hand and its parts to repair themselves given a modicum of surgical support. Though some sophisticated repair techniques are shown, particularly in the handling of tendon and nerve injuries, even more often the process of healing by secondary

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