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June 1984

The Hand: Examination and Diagnosis

Arch Surg. 1984;119(6):741. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390180101023

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This book, prepared by the Instructional Aids Committee of the Continuing Education Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, is a concise, well-written manual on the physical examination of the normal and injured or diseased hand. The first chapter presents a method for systematic hand examination and includes a detailed description of normal anatomy and recommended standard terminology and abbreviations for the structures of the hand and for the measurement of motion. The second chapter details a thorough examination of specific systems, including the skin, muscle and tendon units, peripheral nerves, vessels, and joints. The second portion discusses common clinical problems very briefly with respect to examination and diagnosis. Specific treatment of these conditions is not included. A limited description of common lacerations, fractures and dislocations, acquired and congenital deformities, tumors, and infections of the hand includes the usual clinical appearance and physical signs. These conditions are not described

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