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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This three-volume set is exactly as billed — an encyclopedic treatment of flap reconstruction of the face, body, and hand that can be called upon for the planning of a surgery and used as a valuable reference to assist surgeons through the vast maze of procedures.
Purpose: This third edition continues to fulfill the objective of the first, which was to create an encyclopedic reference guide to the multitude of flaps that are used for reconstruction throughout the body. The authors provide a treasure trove of relevant procedures.
Audience: What better way to choose the authors for descriptions of each flap than to recruit the authors of the original or subsequently revised articles? The beneficiaries of this brain trust include seasoned surgeons who have a need to either refresh their memories or seek out alternatives to vexing situations as well as residents in plastic surgery.
Features: Contemporary thought on nasal and hand reconstruction, microvascular, innervated flaps, and facial transplantation marks this third edition. This update, like its predecessors, uses a standardized format to describe each flap, which includes the indications, anatomy, surgical technique for lifting and applying the flap, along with the potential complications. An editorial comment specifying the utility of each flap, in the real world of surgery, adds an insight that may assist surgeons in choosing a particular flap. Because of the ever expanding realm of flap reconstruction, especially free tissue transfer, this edition has been revised and expanded with 45 new chapters. A companion web site has the fully searchable text online. The illustrations and photography include black-and-white renditions consistent with many of the original landmark articles published in journals. An extensive reference section at the end of each chapter allows readers to further investigate flap details. As an encyclopedia, this book gives an overview of flaps, but it will not always satisfy a reader's need to obtain additional understanding of design and execution; it is not an all-in-one text on the subject.
Assessment: Libraries, institutions, and surgeons that require a centralized body of flap information will benefit from this latest edition.