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In Our Hands

A Hand Surgeon's Tales of the Body's Most Exquisite Instrument

Arnold Arem, M.D.

Times Books

The hand and its relationship to human identity

Over the twenty years that Arnold Arem has worked as a reconstructive hand surgeon, he has reflected on the impact of living with pain and questions of psychic well-being in the face of crippling injury and physical deformity. He has helped many patients through his mixture of technical skill and an all-too-rare ability to simply listen to them.

In In Our Hands, Arem tells eleven extraordinary stories of the people he has treated in his practice: a boy with a birth defect for whom he fashions opposable thumbs; an elderly woman whose bizarre paralysis he recognizes as psychosomatic, leading to a cure; a man whose spirit remains intact despite the loss of both feet and one hand to Jim Henson's disease.

Each case study contains fascinating details on surgical techniques and treatments and reveals the day-to-day heroism of both doctors and patients. Above all, In Our Hands evokes the deepest issues of the relationship of the hand to the heart and human identity.

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In Our Hands
PART ITales of the HandI.A Nice TouchI never met Muppet-master Jim Henson. But I did meet the germ that killed him. I know it was the same implacable foe, because it left behind its business card: a near-dead human being with both legs and one hand amputated, and the remaining right hand a blackened husk with a few remnants of fingers pinkly peeking through the necrotic char. The encounter had the illusory quality of a dream, spoiled by the rude fact that it was very real. It played like a Hollywood movie scripted by a madman.There was a time when I relished the schoolboy excitement
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Arnold Arem, M.D.

  • Arnold Arem, M.D., clinical associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and clinical associate in surgery at the University of New Mexico, has been a reconstructive hand surgeon for over twenty years. He is an international lecturer and educator and has also served as an industrial consultant for companies such as IBM and Marion-Dow Laboratories. He is the author of numerous scientific articles. This is his first book. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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In Our Hands

A Hand Surgeon's Tales of the Body's Most Exquisite Instrument

Arnold Arem, M.D.

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