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December 7, 1957

Injuries of the Hand

JAMA. 1957;165(14):1891. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980320121030

This book should serve as an excellent source of information to those dealing with any form of hand injury from simple laceration to multiple tissue injury. The initial chapters deal with surgical anatomy and general principles of hand surgery. No mention is made of the braided wire, barbed, withdrawable suture that has found enthusiastic supporters in the United States. The technique described is that of Brummell. All types of injuries are discussed, including skin loss, tendon laceration and loss, nerve laceration, and fractures. Beyond the realm of hand injury are chapters dealing with hand infections and tenosynovitis. Preservation of tissue is justly emphasized throughout. The chapter on fractures and dislocation presents views on treatment that are at variance with those of many surgeons. Skeletal digital traction for Bennett's fracture is not considered as barbarous by many as open reduction with internal fixation. The book contains many excellent diagrams, clinical photographs,

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