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Book reviews 10. Skandala!ds JE et al. (1992) The carpal tunnel syndrome. Part 2. Cobb TK, Cooney WP (1994) Significance of incomplete re- II. Am Surg 77-81 lease of the distal portion of the flexor retinaculum. J Hand Surg 19B:283-285 3. Das SK, Brown HG (1976) In search of complications in car- pal tunnel decompression. Hand 8:243 4. Kern BC (1993) The recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome. Zen- tralbl Neurochir 54:80-83 5. Lee D (1992) Endoscopic carpal tunnel release: a cadaveric study. J Hand Surg 17A: 1003-1008 6. Marie R Foix C (1913) Atrophie isol6 de l'6minence th6nar d'orginie n6vritique: role du ligament anulair ant6rior du carpe dans la pathog6nie de la ldsion. Rev Neurol 26:647 7. Omer GE Jr (1992) Median nerve compression at the wrist. Hand Clin 8:317-324 8. Phalen GS (1972) The carpal tunnel syndrome. Clinical evalu- ation of 598 hands. Clin Orthop 83:29 9. Lowland E, Kleinert J (1994) Endoscopic carpal tunnel re- M. Ragbir lease in cadavera. J Bone Joint Surg 2:266-268 Eur J Plast Surg (1997) 20:213 Hutchinson, T.P.: Health and sickness - essentials of statistical Stegenga, B., de Bont L.G.M. (eds): Management of temporo- methods (version 4). Sidney: Rumsby Scientific Publications. 64 mandibular joint degenerative diseases: biologic basis and pages, US$11.00. ISBN 0-646-25580-0. treatment outcome. Basel, Boston, Berlin: Birkh~iuser 1996. 248 Dear reader, do you really understand statistics? Statistics need pages, hardcover, US$105.00. ISBN 0-8176-5286-8. mathematics. Goethe stated that, "the mathematicians are a sort of This book is not for the Plastic Surgeon, I presume, since none Frenchmen: When you talk to them, they immediately translate it of our speciality is an author of the proceedings of the sympo- into their own language, and right away it is something utterly dif- sium, which was organized for the management of temporoman- ferent". You are skeptical and perhaps would rather believe in dibular joint degenerative diseases; further the publisher, as possi- Henry Clay, "Statistics are no substitute for judgement" and you ble people of interest, also refers to radiologists and physiologists, could cite Goethe again, "It has been said that figures rule the not to plastic surgeons. Oil on the fire? Not at all - I am just men- world; may be. I am quite sure it is figures which show us whether tioning the facts. As to myself, I do not treat patients with T M J it is being ruled well or badly." But in the laboratory, you would problems, but refer them to another plastic surgeon, who taught agree, statistics are essential, they provide the proof. Imagine if me his operation for habitual luxation of the mandibular condyle. your sponsor would quote Lord Rutherford's saying, "If your ex- This excellently produced volume reports on the biologic basis for periment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experi- the clinical management of temporo-mandibular-joint disease and ment!" Dear reader, your book reviewer is not as knowledgeable reflects the latest advances of clinical research. There are 5 sec- as you might think. He simply took all the above quotations fi'om tions: Introduction (TMJ degenerative diseases>pathogenesis, the book cover of this wonderful paperback. Eleven dollars for the clinical diagnosis, disc replacement: re-evaluation of its signifi- booklet including this page with many more quotations! You will cance); treatment planning, focussing on the rationale of non-sur- spend much more on your next dinner - and yet, I believe, the best gical and surgical management, orthognatic considerations, crite- pleasures in life are the pleasures of knowledge. For your infor- ria for therapeutic results, the role of various imaging possibilities, mation, in this book review I will not provide you, as I ought to, diagnostic arthroscopy; surgical procedures (arthrocentesis, lysis with a list of the contents. This paperback, light enough to be car- and lavage, modified condylotomy, disc surgery): biological basis ried around, also during vacations, emphasizes the methods of ap- and results; post-operative care and treatment failure, and a final plied statistics, rather than, on hundreds of pages, the proofs of section: Synthesis. Controversial statements are here discussed, eg mathematical statistics. If you really like to indulge in algebraic surgery for the TMJ only after conservative therapy; modified demonstrations, you will find them, e.g. standard deviation, stan- condylectomy: is it indicated; is there a rationale for disc repair? dard error of the mean, variance of a sum is the sum of variances, conservative therapy: how - standardization. This review of the in the extensive index, in addition to the references. present progress concerning T M J degenerative diseases is cer- The original text was called "Essentials of Statistical Meth- tainly a must for all the specialists in this field. ods". In this version, for the medical specialist, many examples (L. Clodius,Ztirich) are taken from medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, and related sub- jects. May I suggest to read these 64 pages? (L. Clodius, Ztirich) European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals
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