This issue of Techniques in Hand and Upper Surgery will provide the reader with but a small window into the truly remarkable Hand Surgery community in Argentina. The interest in anatomy and the numerous contributions by Argentine Hand Surgeons are not new but rather began early in the 20th century under the tutelage of Ricardo Finochietto and continues to the present on the shoulders of Eduardo Zancolli Sr.
In 1980 while a Hand Fellow, I had the great fortune to be given a copy of Dr Zancolli's extraordinary text The Structural and Dynamic Basis of Hand Surgery. I was not only impressed with the precise anatomic descriptions and illustrations, most drawn by the author himself, but over the subsequent years came to appreciate his insight and correct solutions for numerous problems that Hand Surgeons face daily in their practice. Although it is customary for the reviewers of surgical texts to end their reviews by stating that the book “should be on shelf of interested surgeons”, I would rather strongly suggest that anyone training to be a Hand Surgeon must read this book and become aware of the many contributions of Dr Zancolli and his colleagues.
Having attended several Argentine Hand Society annual meetings, reviewed many of their publications, and continued to have visiting Argentine Hand Fellows, I continuously am impressed by the original insights and anatomic and surgical developments that come from this particular Hand Surgery Society.
I would be remiss if I did not also recognize yet another Argentinian who has long been recognized as one of the most creative Hand Surgeons worldwide. Dr Diego Fernandez was born and educated in Buenos Aires, the son of an equally accomplished Orthopedic Surgeon. Although currently living in Switzerland, his Argentine roots are always visible in his interest in anatomy, outstanding surgical skills, and wonderful artistic talents as he, too, like his mentors will illustrate many of his publications and presentations.
Hand Surgery has long benefitted from being an international specialty with original contributions coming from all parts of the world. The number of surgeons whose contributions have influenced the practice of Hand Surgery is far too long to list but this Journal will hope to feature similar contributions from other national Hand Surgery Societies in the future.