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This article is the authors' final version prior to publication in Journal of Hand Surgery Volume 39, Issue 3, March 2014, Page 544. The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.12.022. Copyright © American Society for Surgery of the Hand


The “Hand of Hope” (Fig. 1) statue was commissioned for display in the street-level lobby of my practice, The Philadelphia Hand Center, by its founders, James M. Hunter, MD, and Lawrence H. Schneider, MD. The work became a hallmark of the practice’s former Walnut Street location as well as a recognizable feature of its neighborhood.

After a sojourn of several years residing next to Thomas Eakins’ portrait of the operative theatre in “The Gross Clinic,” at Thomas Jefferson University, the sculpture has returned to grace our office’s lobby in the historic Benjamin Franklin Hotel.

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