In the authors' words, the objective of this book is "to provide the surgeon with a basic approach to the management of acute hand injuries founded on the biology of tissue repair and regeneration." Recognizing that the result of a hand injury and operation depends not only on technique, but also on biological processes, they have written a thoughtful volume that emphasizes the "what" and "why" rather than "how." By gathering what is known, interpreting it in terms of fundamentals, and placing it in a useful perspective, they are following the route of the new hand surgeon, exemplified by Peacock and Van Winkle in their Surgery and Biology of Wound Repair.
The first section of Management of Acute Hand Injuries presents in detail the response to trauma of skin, cartilage, tendon, bone, and nerve. A later portion correlates the method of initial management with the ultimate biological activity of the