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October 1983

Operative Hand Surgery

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1983;40(10):661. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050090097025

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This large, two-volume treatise by multiple authors is 1,754 pages long and contains 44 pages of index. Obviously, this constitutes a comprehensive book on all aspects of hand surgery, written by persons who are currently active in the field.

Several chapters are of particular interest to the neurologist. Chapter 7 on cerebral palsy and stroke rehabilitation stresses particularly the prerequisites for effective surgery in cerebral palsy, including cognition, hand placement, and sensibility. A variety of procedures for the shoulder and elbow and improvement of wrist extension and weak grasp are out-lined. Unfortunately, there is little evaluation of the final results. The section on stroke rehabilitation again stresses the team concept required for comprehensive care and points out the role of upper-extremity rehabilitation in regard to sensibility and motor control. Again, a variety of operative treatments are suggested for positioning and contracture, but the author stresses that it is much

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