This book serves as a practical text on the subject of hand surgery that covers all of the practical mechanical principles in a nonthreatening way. The book covers all of the basic elements of the forces that result in movement of the hand, and all the forces that hinder its movement. The authors quantify those elements in manner in which surgeons and therapists can judge their own measure of success or failure as they try to repair and restore movement to damaged hands.
* This newest edition seeks to improve upon this source of information by increasing the amount of material covering applications to trauma, arthritis, Dupuytren's disease, spasticity, and overuse syndromes. * New sections also cover extensor mechanisms, wrist, forearm, and outcome studies.
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The lead author, Dr. Paul Brand, is well-known in the specialized field of hand surgery and is one of the world?s experts in the mechanics of the hand. This book culminates an extensive career for Dr. Brand. Of the first edition of this book, Dr. Robert Chase, a very famous surgeon in his own right, wrote in the Annals of Plastic Surgery ?As professional, we owe Paul Brand another debt of gratitude for his continuing prodigious effort, offering us new understanding and, I hope, ever improving care for the hand disabled patient.?
Dr. Anne Hollister trained under Dr. Brand and has continued research in mechanics of the hand. Now at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, she is one of the few specialists in this important field. She has worked on such projects as the first artificial replacementjoint for the finger. Dr. Hollister brings most of the changes to this thirdedition. Her energetic attitude, technical background, and long relationshipwith Dr. Brand combine to present a very easily understood work that is aimed at surgeons, therapist, and biomechanical engineers.
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