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March 17, 1945

Surgery of the Hand

JAMA. 1945;127(11):681. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860110061026

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This well written and beautifully illustrated monograph by America's foremost exponent of the surgery of the hand represents the work of a surgeon's lifetime. It obviously cannot be reviewed in adequate fashion in a few brief paragraphs. One should simply state that it deserves careful reading and study by every surgeon interested in the surgery of the upper extremity.

Although the title stresses the hand, it might have been "The Surgery of the Upper Extremity," for its scope is much broader than the simpler title indicates. The volume is divided into four parts. The first part includes a discussion of the comparative anatomy and a detailed description of the normal hand. Part 2 is devoted to the reconstruction of the hand and includes the subject of contractures, bone and joint disabilities, nerve and tendon injuries,and in a fifty page section on the arm in its relation to the hand subjects

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