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Operative Treatment of Common Displaced and Unstable Fractures of the Hand
Alan E. Freeland, MD; William B. Geissler, MD; Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, MD
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An Instructional Course Lecture, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Alan E. Freeland, MD
William B. Geissler, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216. E-mail addresYCs for A.E. Freeland: afreeland@orthopedics.umsmed.edu E-mail address for W.B. Geissler: wgeissler@orthopedics.umsmed.edu

Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, MD
University Orthopedics, 2 Dudley Street, #200, Providence, RI 02905-3211. E-mail address: arnold-peter_weiss@brown.edu

Printed with permission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This article, as well as other lectures presented at the Academy’s Annual Meeting, will be available in March 2002 in Instructional Course Lectures, Volume 51. The complete volume can be ordered online at www.aaos.org, or by calling 800-626-6726 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Central time).

In support of their research or preparation of this manuscript, one or more of the authors received grants or outside funding (AO Research Grant 1993). In addition, one or more of the authors received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity (AO/ASIF, Harcourt Medical Publishing, and Acumed). Also, commercial entities (AO/ASIF and Harcourt Medical Publishing) paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, benefits to a research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which one or more of the authors are affiliated or associated.

J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2001 Jun 01;83(6):928-945
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The hand is an instrument of performance and protection. Whether at war, work, competition, or recreation, an individual’s reflexes routinely place the hand in harm’s way to protect the head and body. Accidents inevitably occur, resulting in fractures of the metacarpals and phalanges and other injuries. This Instructional Course Lecture addresses, in particular, the craft of reduction and stabilization of displaced, irreducible, and unstable fractures of the hand as an integral part of reestablishing skeletal integrity and refined digital function. The goals of treatment include returning manual laborers to their work or to the practice of their special skills, professionals to their tasks, students to their classrooms, writers to their pens, musicians to their instruments, artists to their brushes and easels, athletes to their contests, parents to their families, children to life’s enjoyments, and increasing numbers of the world’s population to a variety of digital keyboards and computers.
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