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January 18, 1965

Atlas of Hand Surgery

JAMA. 1965;191(3):256. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080030100029

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This book represents the condensed lifetime experience of the author on surgery of the hand. It is a compendium of what he has found satisfactory at the Maison de Nanterre, and he wisely refuses to describe what he has not found useful. Since it is translated from the French, one might expect to find awkward expressions and unclear phrases, but, happily, these do not occur. Each operation, illustrated by clear line drawings, is described as if the author were speaking and sketching the procedure on a blackboard. There are often references to original articles. The reader carries away a feeling of admiration for a superb and successful pedagogical effort.

The atlas begins with a description of the pertinent anatomy. The stages in the surgical procedures are shown serially with tasteful drawings. The exposition is terse and clear, and covers all that is necessary for the average reader. The subject matter

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