The first edition of this text was published in 1982, and this ambitious undertaking is now in its fourth edition. This seventeen-year history signifies that these volumes continue to be accepted as authoritative works on the operative treatment of the hand. The two volumes of the current edition, which has been appropriately updated and expanded, are divided into twenty-five sections comprising fifty-three well organized chapters. Compared with the first edition, it contains twenty additional chapters and approximately 30 percent more text. The excellent feature of discussing various methods of treatment and then describing the author's preferred method in detail has been continued through all four editions. Each chapter has an abundant and thorough list of well selected, up-to-date references. Approximately 100 well known and respected hand surgeons have contributed to chapters related to their fields of expertise, thereby making these two volumes a comprehensive source in which every conceivable topic related to the operative treatment of the hand is covered in depth.