It is altogether appropriate that the volume on hand surgery in the series of volumes which relate the history of the U.S. Army Medical Department in World War II should have been produced under the editorial guidance of the late Dr. Sterling Bunnell. Before the war, less than a dozen surgeons in the United States had any special interest in this field. Dr. Bunnell, with an experience of more than 35 years, had acquired an almost unique skill in hand surgery and an almost unique ingenuity in the intricate and formidable reconstruction of even the most disabling and deforming lesions.Hand injuries are barely mentioned in the medical history of the Civil War. In the official history of the U.S. Army Medical Department in World War I there are no statistics at all, and there are only half a dozen scattered references to hand injuries in the surgical
HOWARD LD. Hand Surgery. AMA Arch Surg. 1960;80(3):374–378. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01290200018003
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