British Society for Surgery of the Hand

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British Society for Surgery of the Hand
British Society for Surgery of the Hand.jpg
Arms of the BSSH, motto Manus Reficiantur Manibus
MottoManus Reficiantur Manibus
TypeSurgical association
HeadquartersLincoln's Inn Fields, London.
Region served
United Kingdom
c. 800
Main organ
The Journal of Hand Surgery

The British Society for Surgery of the Hand exists to "promote and direct the development of Hand Surgery, to foster and co-ordinate education, study and research in Hand Surgery, and to disseminate knowledge of Hand Surgery among members of the medical and allied health professions."[1]

The ethos the society is to promote harmony between orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, which derives from its origins immediately after the Second World War during which new methods of treatment of wounded airmen were developed by surgeons such as Patrick Clarkson.[2]


The society was formed as the Second Hand Club in 1956 at the instigation of Graham Stack after the original Hand Club, formed by plastic surgeon Patrick Clarkson in 1952, refused to admit younger surgeons.[2][3]

In the late 1960s it became the British Club for Surgery of the Hand and in 1968 adopted its current name and a formal constitution. The first president was Guy Pulvertaft. Other notable surgeons to participate were Rainsford Mowlem, J. I. P. James, and John Barron.[2]

The society became a registered charity in 1975.[2]


The society is recognised as an institution that provides education and training in its field:[4][5]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Welcome to BSSH. British Society for Surgery of the Hand. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Our History. British Society for Surgery of the Hand. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  3. ^ Stack, Hugh Graham (1915 - 1992). Plarr's Lives of the Fellows Online, British College of Surgeons. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. ^ Wolfson, Nikolaj; Venkataraman, Guhanand (2016). "45. Terminology and resources for disaster orthopaedics". In Wolfson, Nikolaj; Lerner, Alexander; Roshal (eds.). Orthopedics in Disasters: Orthopedic Injuries in Natural Disasters and Mass Casualty Events. Springer. p. 561. ISBN 978-3-662-48948-2.
  5. ^ "Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards" (PDF). 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Hand Diploma". Nerve Clinic. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  7. ^ "INDICATE". Surgical Intervention Trials Unit. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  8. ^ British Society for Surgery of the Hand & British Orthopaedic Association. (2018) Best Practice for Management of Distal Radial Fractures (DRFs). London: BSSH & BOA.
  9. ^ Journal of Hand Surgery. Sage. Retrieved 12 August 2018.