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May 1958

Surgery in World War II: Hand Surgery.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(5):1009-1010. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260170165019

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It needed the stimulus of a world war to show that hand wounds are best treated by segregation and care in specially established centers. This book records the achievements of this specialized branch of surgery and is a worthy record of what was probably one of the most remarkable advances in surgery during World War II.

Hand surgery is an area specialty, not a tissue specialty, and therefore needs a surgeon who has been trained in the three disciplines of orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, and neurosurgery. Such men are rare and were hard to find when the centers were created. However, the surgeons who staffed these centers, and all of whom were pioneering in this new field of surgery, produced conclusive evidence that reconstruction of hands can be successfully undertaken and that crippled hands are worth salvaging.

The book is in two parts, the first of which records the history

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