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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: The editors have gathered a memorable group of authors to tackle the complex field of reconstructive surgery.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive overview of this far-reaching field.
Audience: This is a sophisticated book that covers the various permutations of reconstructive surgery. The audience can include anyone in this field. However, novices should be aware that they may be overwhelmed without a strong understanding of the topics.
Features: With such an abundance of contributors, providing the information in a standardized format could be difficult; however, the editors have done due diligence in fostering a uniformity of writing style. The 67 chapters are replete with photos, charts, tables, and drawings. Wound healing and the fundamentals of wound repair, followed by the fashioning of perforator flaps, wound therapy, and the evolution of transplantation logically kick off the book. Subsequent chapters are grouped by anatomic zones and cover the head, skin, vascular system, breast, hands, brachial plexus, chest, abdominal wall, lower extremity, lymphatic system, and post-bariatric surgery. The book is visually appealing and a significant fount of information for reconstructive surgeons.
Assessment: There is something for everyone in the field of reconstructive surgery in this book, which also limits the depth of information that it can provide on any one topic. However, the extensive range of topics it covers imparts a knowledge base that is well worth the cost of the book.