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Hand Anatomy and Function

Alexandro Aguilera Salgado

National Institute of Pediatrics


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The hand is one of the most complex systems we can find in nature. Throughout history it has always been the center of many cultures, the inspiration in works of art, and a certain of enigma and mystery to everyone who has ever tried to understand it. The aim of this book is to provide the reader with a comprehensive and state-of-the-art overview of the normal hand, starting with its embryology. Learning the basic principles of embryology will help us understand each and every single element we can find in a normal hand. The next step will be to learn its anatomy, basically dividing it in surface anatomy and deep anatomy, starting with the skin, joints, tendons, nerves, arteries and bones. Once we have understood the anatomy, we will learn the basic functions of the hand, and how each element interact to make the hand one of the most precise, essential, and fascinating elements in our nature.

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Date completed: October 25th 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: January 14th 2020

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Review results due: April 3rd 2020

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Expected publication date: June 2nd 2020

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About the editor

Alexandro Aguilera Salgado

National Institute of Pediatrics

Dr. Alexandro Aguilera is a 36-year old certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon from Mexico City. He started his plastic surgery residency in 2011 at Hospital General "Dr. Manuel Gea González", followed by two full time Fellowship programs. One in Hand Surgery, mentored by Dr. Carlos Gargollo at Hospital Angeles Pedregal, and the other one in Facial Palsy and Peripheral Nerve, mentored by Dr. Alexander Cardenas at Hospital General "Dr. Manuel Gea González". After completing his fellowships he started working as an attending physician at the National Institute of Pediatrics, which is a national reference center in Mexico for patients with complex congenital, traumatic and acquired upper extremity diseases, where he is the Chief of the Hand and Peripheral Nerve Department. He is also part of the Continuing Medical Education Program of the Mexican Association of Plastic Surgery.

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