The Wonder of the Human Hand: Care and Repair of the Body's Most Marvelous Instrument (Johns Hopkins Press Health)

December 2, 2020
The Wonder of the Human Hand: Care and Repair of the Body's Most Marvelous Instrument (Johns Hopkins Press Health)

Using our hands, we interact with the environment in ways thatare more sophisticated, more varied, and more productive than anyother part of our body. The delicate instrument that is the handmakes it possible for us to knead dough and perform a hearttransplant; make contact with strangers, friends, and lovers; throwa baseball; and create a scale model of a skyscraper and build thatskyscraper. From the most mundane activity to our most sublimeachievement, the hand has helped us shape the world and given us adeeper understanding of our place in it.In The Wonder of the Human Hand, surgeons and handspecialists from the world-renowned Curtis National Hand Centerdescribe how the hand is used in work, sports, and music, and tracethe human fascination with hands in religion and art. They relateawe-inspiring stories of people throughout history—including majorleague pitcher Jim Abbott, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Liebe Diamond,and pianist Leon Fleisher—who accomplished great things with onehand, or with impaired or injured hands, and they tell of marveloussurgeries that create fingers where none exist.Recounting how the hand interprets the environment and returnstactile information to the brain, the book underscores theimportance of the hand to people who cannot see or hear.Throughout, the authors explore how medical science restores bones,tendons, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels in hands injuredthrough disease, accident, and combat—ever aware of how the formand function of the human hand combine harmoniously in everydayactivities and Herculean efforts alike.