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This volume is the ninth publication of a series of symposia sponsored by the Educational Foundation of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. The collected short essays offer a "feast" of reconstructive hand surgery. In the opening chapter, the senior editor delights and instructs the reader with his life-size drawings illustrating hand structure and function. R. B. Eaton has summarized the architecture and mechanics of finger joints and ligaments in a succinct chapter. The most complete entry, welcomed by all hand surgeons, is a chapter on neurophysiology and electrical testing.
The remaining chapters offer a potpourri of short entrées and side dishes eg, "Vascular anatomy and Shunting Systems Through the Humerus," "Tourniquet Ischemia, Muscle Anoxia, and Operative Edema," "Hand, Wrist and Forearm Incisions," "Splinting the Hand," and "Severed Tendons/Nerves Distal to the MP Joint." A particularly meaty section is devoted to congenital hand anomalies in which Dr. A.