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August 1, 1959

Medical Department, United States Army. Surgery in World War II: Hand Surgery

JAMA. 1959;170(14):1752. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010140132037

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The importance of hand wounds was not properly recognized until after World War I. As a result of the increased interest in such cases between the two world wars, a number of special centers for the treatment of these injuries were established in World War II both in the United States and overseas. Many of the techniques devised, especially for tendon repair and restoration of lost members or functions, were highly successful. In addition to treatment, many ingenious prosthetic appliances were developed for these patients. The editor of this volume was civilian consultant for hand surgery to the Secretary of War. Such outstanding surgeons as C. W. Cutler Jr., Sterling Bunnell, H. S. Allen, and Mather Cleveland contributed chapters. The book is well written and printed on paper of a high quality. It is illustrated with photographs and line drawings. There is an index.

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