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August 1985

The Hand: Diagnosis and Indications

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ed 2, by Graham Lister, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 363 pp, 568 illus, 1984.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(8):977. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390320093020

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In this 363-page text (including 568 figures), Dr Lister continues to fulfill the purpose mentioned in the first edition. The techniques of diagnosis for a variety of injuries and diseases are clearly described.

In chapter 1, "Injury," the importance of a detailed history is stressed. The nature and force of injury as the factor most important in influencing the eventual recovery of hand function is described in a manner that allows the examiner to clearly anticipate the damage he or she may encounter.

Under "Reconstruction," emphasis is placed on the importance of knowing deficiencies in structure and function of an injured limb before attempting reconstructive procedures. The eight basic positions of the hand, their importance to hand function, and the maneuvers required to accomplish them are concisely described. This combination of information sets the stage for diagnosing and treating a wide range of problems.

Peripheral nerve compressions are clearly classified,

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