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Book review 11. Ketchum LD (1985) Suture materials and suture techniques 21. Skoff HD, Hecker AT, Hayes WC, Sebell-Sklar R, Straughn N (1994) Bone suture anchors in hand surgery. J Hand Surg used in tendon repair. Hand Clin 1:43-45 20B :245-248 12. Kozin SH, Bishop AT(1995) Treatment of thumb ulnar collat- 22. Stener B (1962) Displacement of the ruptured ulnar collateral eral ligament ruptures with the Mitek bone anchor. Ann Plast Surg 35:1-4 ligament of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb. A clinical and anatomical study. J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 44:869- 13. Louis DS, I-Iuebner JJ, Hankin FM (1986) Rupture and dis- placement of the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpo- 879 23. Uhl RL, Williamson C (1993) A comparison study of suture phalangeal joint of the thumb. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] anchoring techniques for scapholunate ligament reconstruc- 68:1320-1326 14. Moberg E, Stener B (1954) Injuries to the ligaments of the tion. Mitek Anchor System, Surgical Products, Norwood, MA 24. Weller S (1961) Die Distorsion im Daumengrundgelenk als thumb and fingers - diagnosis treatment and prognosis. Acta Skitranma. Dtsch Med Wochenschr 86:521 Chir Scand 106:166-168 15. Neviaser RJ, Wilson JN, Lievano A (1971) Rupture of the ul- nar collateral ligament of the thumb (gamekeeper's thumb). Correction by dynamic repair. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 53:1357-1364 16. Obrist J, Genelin F, Neureiter H (1991) Bankart Operation mit dem Mitek-Anker-System. Unfallchirurgie 17:208-212 17. Palmer AK, Louis DS (1978) Assessing ulnar instability of the metacarpo-phalangeal joint of the thumb. J Hand Surg 3:542-546 18. Pederson B, Tesoro D, Wertheimer SJ, Coraci M (1991) Mitek anchor system: a new technique for tenodesis and ligamentous repair of the foot and ankle. J Foot Surg 30:48-51 19. Rehak DC, Softereanos DG, Bowman MW, Hemdon JH (1994) The Mitek bone anchor, application to the hand, wrist and elbow. J Hand Surg 19A:853-860 20. Ryu J, Morgantown WV, Fagan R (1995) Arthroscopic treat- J. Huber ment of acute complete thumb metacarpophalangeal ulnar col- lateral ligament tears. J Hand Surg 20A: 1037-1042 Eur J Plast Surg (1997) 20:255 Schwartz, S.I., Wilder, J.: Surgical reflections: images in paint ("I am a visceral painter, not a cerebral painter...I am interested in and prose. St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing. 184 pages, 110 getting underneath the skin...painting is all about using your eyes illustrations, US$ 79,00. ISBN 0-942219-48-1. and seeing better the world around you..."). The contents are ar- A good friend, physician, and researcher with multiple honor- ranged in seven parts: Culling from the calendar (with e.g. an es- ary degrees often calls me "only a surgeon". As I just learned say: Humor, Humility and Humanism); Changes (from the nine from this book, historically he is correct. At the Medical College essays here are three titles: To err is human and even sublime, De- of Philadelphia, established in 1765, "the curriculum pointedly clining dollars, Bits and bytes); The stage and the players - are excluded surgery, because a physician should not be engaged in you interested in three of the nine titles, e.g.:The surgical stage, that discipline". Thus, how may I review this magnificent, out- Muscles and mind, Scalpel and baton; Heros, with nineteen essays standing atlas as "only a surgeon"? In addition, I am simply over- (I only mention: Keeping up with a Jones); Ethics and education; whelmed by this fascinating, impressive, incredibly joy providing Obiter dicta (from 15 essays here are some titles: Besting the opus magnum. The code words of this book are: Surgery - philos- beast, the teaching too, bench mark bulge, archeology of an aper- ophy, surgery in art, surgery - miscellanea. Both authors are wide- ture); and Communication, with essays as: Scribo...ergo sum, pe- ly known surgeons, artists, scientists. In their one-of-a-kind work, tition for precise prose, a nucleus of numbers, Shakespeare and they have combined their extraordinary talents to portray, in both surgery. Had my good friend, previously mentioned, the privilege words and images, their artistry, science, and holistic aspects of to read this book, with a trifle of jealousy he would say, "not only medicine. The author of the text, Doctor Schwartz, has contribut- for a surgeon"! This superb volume is certainly appealing to many ed to clinical surgery, has written more than 200 editorials, and is outside the medical realm. ES. For this reviewer, who was educat- a master of the English language. His though provoking essays are ed in a fine high school with "everything" in its library, from the a pleasure and an adventure to read. Doctor Wilder's pictures il- earliest of manuscripts, who grew up with books, spent weeks in lustrate the entire volume and form a resonant counterpoint to the the rare book department of the New York Medical Library, who essays. Doctor Wilder is renowned for his vibrant images of ath- now has the good fortune to review books for this Journal, this is a letes in motion and surgeons at work. You may know his pictures type of atlas he has never met before. It is "printed on 157 GSM which have appeared in many covers of JAMA. After this enthusi- Japanese New Age Matte Art Paper and bound in T-Salfu". How astic introduction - I cannot help it - now to the contents, but be- did QMP manage all this, how did they achieve all this, how was fore they are listed you will read and enjoy in this atlas two addi- it possible to get two such renowned scientists and artists of word tional introductory chapters: "Reflections" by Doctor Schwartz and brush together for this achievement? This volume must be ("Throughout the second half of the twentieth century we have their flagship, and it takes a lot of courage to sail it through barri- lived our medical lives in an explosive era of excitement..." so ers. (L. Clodius, Ztirich) starts the first sentence), and "An Artists Credo" by Doctor Wilder European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals
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