Department| Volume 19, ISSUE 4, P430-431, October 2006

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      “We are all aware that there are no shortcuts in our endeavor for perfection in the highly demanding and exquisite field of reconstructive hand surgery.” Thus, editor Jan Fridén introduces a new and valuable resource for the medical library, entitled, Tendon Transfers in Reconstructive Hand Surgery. This comprehensive text includes contributions from hand surgeons practicing in France, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The 13 chapters cover not only an historical aspect of tendon transfers, muscle physiology, and basic principles of tendon transfer surgery, but offer insights into the specific and challenging diagnoses of tetraplegia, the congenital hand, cerebral palsy, and rheumatoid arthritis, as well. Hand therapists, medical residents, and hand surgeons will all greatly appreciate the numerous anatomical diagrams illustrating surgical approaches and tendon routing. In addition, several authors incorporate photographs of patients demonstrating functional grasp patterns after surgery.
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