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The Grasping Hand

Structural and Functional Anatomy of the Hand and Upper Extremity


Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781604068160
Publication Date: January 2021

Edited by
Amit Gupta
Makoto Tamai

Anatomical guide leverages exceptional dissection images to elucidate the biomechanics of the hand and upper extremity

The hand is a unique instrument that executes the commands of the brain and expresses the nuances of the mind. The Grasping Hand: Structural and Functional Anatomy of the Hand and Upper Extremity by Amit Gupta and Makoto Tamai is a state-of-the-art book that details the functions of the hand to feel, receive, gather, collect and hold, as well as the complex role that the whole upper extremity plays in enabling these actions. The anatomical structures intrinsic to these functions are detailed through illuminating cadaveric dissections and succinct text.

Organized in 5 sections and 38 chapters, the book begins with a chapter detailing the intriguing history of hand anatomy, followed by a section encompassing the structural and functional fundamentals. The third section covers general anatomy and function, with discussions of the nerves and vascularity of the upper extremity, as well as the brachial plexus. The fourth section features 26 anatomically organized chapters from the shoulder to the fingertip with anatomical and functional insights on the joints, fascia and retinacula, interosseus membrane, tendons and more. The single chapter comprising the final section covers imaging and anatomy.

Key Highlights

  • Pioneers in modern hand surgery share vast collective knowledge and pearls on hand and upper extremity anatomy and biomechanics
  • Over 1,100 exquisite, original dissections of lightly embalmed fresh cadaveric arms provide unique visual insights about underlying tissues and structures
  • High quality, never before published original photographs enhance understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology

This practical resource is ideal for reviewing anatomy and biomechanics prior to performing hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder surgery, making it essential reading for orthopaedic surgeons, fellows, and hand specialists. This book is also useful for students of human anatomy, physical and occupational therapists, medical students, and anyone interested in upper extremity anatomy and function.

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Section I Prolegomena
1 The Story of Hand Anatomy
Section II Structural and Functional Fundamentals
2 Structural and Functional Anatomy of the Hand
3 Sense and Proprioception
4 Joint Senses and Proprioception
5 The Hand and the Brain
6 Structure and Function of Muscles
7 Ultrastructure of Bones and Joints
8 The Blood Vessels and Mocrocirculation
Section III General Anatomy and Function
9 Nerves of the Upper Extremity
10 The Brachial Plexus
11 Vascular Anatomy of the Upper Extremity
Section IV Regional Anatomy and Function
12 The Shoulder Joint
13 The Anatomy of the Arm
14 The Elbow Joint
15 The Forearm Fascia and the Retincula
16 Anatomy of the Forearm
17 The Interosseus Membrane
18 The Carpal Tunnel
19 The Hypothenar Area: Anatomy of the Ulnar Carpal Tunnel
20 Anatomy of the Wrist Joint
21 Vascularity of the Distal Radius and Carpus
22 Interosseous Vascularity of the Carpus
23 Function of the Wrist Joint
24 Anatomy of the Distal Radioulnar Joint
25 Function of the Distal Radioulnar Joint
26 Hand Fascia, Retinacula, and Microvacuoles
27 Thumb
28 The Flexer Tendons and the Flexor Sheath
29 The Extensor Tendons
30 The Interossei
31 Lumbricals
32 Compartments of the Hand
33 Hand Spaces
34 The Carpometacarpal Joints
35 The Metacarpophalangeal Joints
36 The Interphalangeal Joint
37 The Nail and Finger Pulp
Section V Epilegomena
38 Imaging and Anatomy

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