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November 21, 1966

Hand Surgery

JAMA. 1966;198(8):955. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110210205064

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This volume contains a unique collection of articles on surgery of the hand and upper extremity. There are 64 contributions from 58 authors. Among the contributors, 34 are from the roster of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, including five honorary members from overseas.

Although most of the book is devoted to treatment of clinical entities, there are several articles on experimental studies and laboratory aids to diagnosis. In the foreword, Sumner L. Koch renders a comprehensive summary and critical analysis of the contents.

As with many books by multiple authors, there is a lack of uniformity in style and differences in the quality of the compositions and illustrative material. There are also gross inconsistencies in the assignment of space for the various subjects. Although most of the articles contain a list of references, a few have none.

Some contributions emphasize general principles and omit technical detail; others