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From The CriticsReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD(Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This book merges the art of schematic drawing and the surgical endeavors of flap elevation into a portable, comprehensible, and personalized rendition of techniques that the author has found successful.
Purpose: The intent is to convey a core group of flap elevation techniques through drawings and text that the author has identified to be most helpful.
Audience: The audience would include those surgeons who use microsurgical techniques and flap raising for the reconstruction and closure of bodily defects, as well as students and residents who wish to solidify a core knowledge in this field.
Features: Divided into four major sections covering the upper and lower extremities, torso, and microvascular techniques, the author has selected flaps that are versatile and can be harvested with equal facility. Colored drawings of the anatomical dissections offer visual cues that might be lost if photographic cadaver plates were substituted. Each chapter commences with a brief introduction explaining the rationale for selecting a particular flap. The rest of the chapter details the flap preparation, neurovascular anatomy, incisions and dissection techniques, pertinent references, as well as potential pitfalls.
Assessment: This illustrated handbook is a personally guided tour of flap elevation by the author, who has created a book that is both in depth and succinct enough to educate readers and foster an impetus for further investigation.