Description: Da Vinci would be pleased to own this superbly illustrated atlas of hand and upper extremity anatomy. The text overflows with relevant information essential to the hand surgeon and student of this discipline.
Purpose: Clearly, the purpose of this atlas is to shed light upon and open up the vistas of hand and upper extremity anatomy. Surgery of these areas requires a though knowledge of the anatomy and spatial orientation allowing the surgeon to achieve a balanced and functional outcome. All of these goals have been admirably achieved.
Audience: The three authors are well-versed in the subject at hand and have fashioned a didactic atlas replete with superb visual graphics that would benefit students, orthopedic and plastic surgery residents and clinicians wishing to extend their knowledge of the upper extremity and hand.
Features: More than eleven hundred drawings grace this atlas which is separated into four main subdivisions: Surface anatomy and integument; skeletal and articular systems of the hand; musculo-tendinous system; and the vascular system. Each of the 29 chapters overflows with charts, dramatically colored and illustrated representations of the hand or upper body anatomy. The authors are practical in their approach to each subject discussed and didactic without being heavy-handed. One would not entertain surgery on the hand without detailed descriptions of the procedures. Surgeons and surgeons-in-training would face a significant void if this text were not used as a reference and learning guide.
Assessment: Hand specialists and those wishing to augment their knowledge on this subject will be pleasantly pleased with this notable atlas. It is a significant accomplishment in the field.