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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James P Newman, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive and detailed review of the current principles of hair transplantation surgery with a strong foundation covering basic science and practical clinical information. The authors have assembled a diversity of expert contributors to cover even more topics than the previous third edition published in 1995. Extraordinary work is included in this book covering recent advances in hair restoration surgery.
Purpose: The authors have set out to provide a firm foundation in hair transplantation surgery with both basic science and clinical applications. They have set out to expose the reader to a variety of techniques with reasoning and results showing efficacy and dispelling some of the rigid dogma which has permeated modern hair transplant surgery. These are worthy objectives in a field which sees a rapid exposition of new techniques to the consumer as well to surgeons in the field. The authors have done a superb job of meeting these objectives.
Audience: This book can be enjoyed both by those familiar and experienced in hair transplant surgery and by medical students and residents interested in learning about this field. This is the most comprehensive source on hair transplant surgery to date. It is refreshing to see the inclusion of different approaches in this field from two of the most authoritative and experienced surgeons in modern hair transplant practice.
Features: The book covers every step involved in preoperative assessment, surgical approaches to hair transplantation and details of postoperative management with well referenced techniques. Particular attention is paid to the evolution of follicular unit transplantation as well as covering flap procedures and scalp reduction methods. The book is unique in its coverage of such a wide range of personal techniques involved in the use of grafts for hair restoration. A practitioner can gain detailed information about issues related to graft harvesting, survival, preparation, and placement. There are additional chapters dealing with practical issues such as anesthesia, wound care, exceptional cases, office setup, and management. The illustrations demonstrate the teaching points intended by the contributors and the clinical photographs are acceptable in the majority of the chapters.
Assessment: This is an overwhelming success in its coverage of the field of hair transplant surgery. It can serve as a definitive resource for anyone interested in keeping abreast of the latest techniques and developments in the field. Its expanded topic range with detailed references and timely updates in basic science and technological enhancements make this a worthwhile update.