When the third edition of Surgery of Repair as Applied to Hand Injuries by Rank et al was published in 1968, it received numerous favorable reviews; the same recognition applies to the fourth edition, since it is essentially the same text. Brief new paragraphs in several chapters plus a pertinent new five-page final chapter on the "Aftermath of Hand Injuries" make up the additional 40 pages.
The earlier succinct coverage of the fundamental principles of limb surgery can scarcely be improved. It is regrettable, however, that this edition mentions only briefly the recent advances in prosthetic implant surgery. Only four paragraphs are devoted to Silastic tendon implants, and there are no bibliographic references for those who would seek further detail. Joint implants, though infrequently used in posttraumatic problems, seem sufficiently proved to merit mention. Recent advances in amputation prosthesis technology should include externally powered components, lighter harnesses, and terminal devices