Examination of the Hand

Richard A. Silver, MD
JAMA. 1972;220(13):1747-1748. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200130075031.
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Examination of the Hand represents the author's years of clinical experience dealing with hand injuries and their resultant sequelae. The text is divided into three convenient sections: "Acute Injury," "Evaluation of Reconstructive Problems," and "Disability Evaluation," in each of which the author details his methodical approach to the patient presenting with a hand problem. The hand is thoroughly evaluated by individual assessment of the skin, circulation, sensation, tendon and bone integrity. Xrays and special studies are utilized when necessary.

Chapters in the second section, "Evaluation of Reconstructive Problems," merit particular praise—for this section details for the interested physician an awareness of the anatomical variations and a logical approach for the care of an injured hand. The making of an accurate diagnosis is stressed.

The recent advances in hand surgery have shown that the optimum situation for both patient and surgeon alike is for the patient to come under the care


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