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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a concise, useful introduction to hand surgery and the evaluation and care of patients with hand injuries or pathology.
Purpose: This multiauthored book was developed by a committee of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. It is divided into sections on anatomy, evaluation, and basic principles of care followed by condition specific chapters. It concludes with three helpful indexes of key abbreviations, an anatomy summary, and methods of clinical assessment.
Audience: The book is oriented to the medical students or house officer starting to build a foundation on the principles of hand surgery. Its ease of use is also helpful to practicing physicians who deal with hand injury patients as part of their practice but not as their main concentration.
Features: This is an elegant book in which simple line drawing and black-and-white photographs illustrate topics in an easy to understand way. The layout of the book is especially accessible to an individual just starting to learn about hand surgery. The scope is broad enough, however, for most topics to be introduced.
Assessment: This book is small enough to fit in a lab coat packet, so it can be easily at hand for quick reference for the first line evaluation of patients in the clinic, in the emergency room, or on the hospital floor. Each chapter ends with a list of key points and a reference list for more in-depth exploration.