DR. ALBERTO LLUCH HOMEDES
THE CRADLE OF THE SURGERY OF THE HAND OUT OF SPAIN.
Sterling Bunnell (1882-1957) was a general surgeon practicing in San Francisco, California. He is considered the father of hand surgery, which according to him should combine the specialties of traumatology, plastic surgery and neurosurgery. The publication of his book Surgery of the Hand in 1944 allowed his knowledge to be accessible to other surgeons who had an interest in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity, as he very well said: mechanically the hand starts at the elbow , but functionally begins in the opposite cerebral hemisphere.
In the decades of the 1950s and 1960s, most of the teachings of hand surgery in Spain were provided by our French colleagues, some of whom had visited Sterling Bunnell in the United States. These French doctors were invited to give lectures in Courses and Seminars on Hand Surgery held in Spain.