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From The CriticsReviewer: Mark Gonzalez, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: The book represents a single surgeon's experience on soft tissues reconstruction of the upper extremity.
Purpose: The purpose is to present, in a unified and comprehensive fashion, the full gamut of soft tissue reconstructive procedures of the adult upper extremity. Because the book has a single author it is not comprehensive, but it is nevertheless interesting and very practical.
Audience: The book is directed to practicing orthopedic surgeons, orthopedic trainees, therapists, and other paramedical personnel. The book is not an encyclopedic reference, but represents a preeminent surgeon's approach to soft tissue reconstruction of the upper extremity. The author is well known and well published.
Features: The illustrations, both photographs and line drawings, are of superb quality. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents and index are useful. The book is well constructed.
Assessment: The book represents a single author's approach to soft tissue reconstructions of the upper extremity. The book is very practical but not encyclopedic in scope. Dr. Richards is an eminent surgeon, and it is interesting to read about his approach and choice of surgical procedures for a variety of conditions. As in most single-author texts, there is a limitation of scope.