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November 4, 1974

Surgery of Repair as Applied to Hand Injuries

Author Affiliations

University of New Mexico School of Medicine Albuquerque

JAMA. 1974;230(5):754. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240050074040

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This relatively small book covers a wide range of subjects and techniques related to hand surgery. The 19 chapters are grouped under five topics: general subjects; primary, intermediate, and secondary treatment; and special aspects. General subjects include surgical anatomy and techniques for examination of an injured hand. Primary treatment includes the evaluation of "tidy" and "untidy" wounds and methods of wound closure. The authors make an excellent argument for delayed primary closure of untidy wounds such as gunshot, electrical, or crush injuries. Chapters on intermediate treatment are concerned with physical and surgical techniques to reestablish joint mobility. Chapters on secondary treatment discuss scar replacement and delayed tendon or nerve repair techniques. Amputations and mutilating injuries are also discussed. Special aspects include burns, prostheses, and injuries in children, as well as assessment of disability.

A serious defect of this text is the limited number of references, the majority of which were