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A third edition of this modern standard after seven years is welcome, as the expansion of microvascular surgery alone would have required this update. As with any large multiauthored text today, it is necessary to define the audience for whom the volume is intended. There is little question that Flynn's book is principally for the orthopedic, plastic, or general surgeon for whom hand surgery is a significant portion of practice, or for the resident in training who has sufficient experience to have selected the hand as an area of future concentration. It is not an appropriate text for the emergency room physician or resident who has no intention of offering less than comprehensive care to the patient with hand injury or disease.
The authors are a cross section of the world's most outstanding contributors to surgery of the hand, as well as lesser known "young turks" of hand surgery. One
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