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    within the substance of the hand

    I work for the NHS and read the following on our intranet:
    Professor Kay said: “This the first time as far as I’m aware, that a hand transplant’s been done which hasn’t been above the wrist, which has been within the substance of the hand, which makes it much more difficult and more complex."
    What is the meaning of the phrase " within the substance of the hand" specially, the use of the noun-substance in the sentence. Is it a prepositional phrase and what does it modify?
    please forgive me for any formatting mistakes.

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    Jignesh
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Aug-2016 at 15:29. Reason: Sorted out the formatting.

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    Re: within the substance of the hand

    The surgery was done on the hand itself. Not on the arm "above the wrist."

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