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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This well-illustrated atlas covers breast and body-contouring surgeries that are commonplace in plastic surgery practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an atlas of basic and innovative surgeries used to reshape the body and breast. Regrettably, however, this book lacks depth and is not sufficiently comprehensive to accomplish its goal.
Audience: The book is directed at both residents and seasoned surgeons. The presentation is appropriate for new surgeons, but too basic for experienced surgeons.
Features: The informative first part of the book covers issues relating to preparing and evaluating patients. The second part, which takes up the majority of the book, is devoted to operative procedures, including contouring of the upper and lower extremities, the male and female breast, the abdomen, and the back. Each operative chapter is accompanied by before and after photos, drawings of the procedures, and illustrations of the relevant anatomy. Lacking in these chapters are important references and surgical descriptions of enough depth to actually perform the procedure. The book also suffers from a lack of innovative techniques that would make it stand out. It is, however, a straightforward primer that will benefit those looking for basic information before tackling the unconventional. The accompanying DVD lacks narration, which would enhance understanding.
Assessment: This book is a decent inauguration for those wishing to get rudimentary insight into body contouring or just embarking on their knowledge gathering. However, there are a plethora of similar books.