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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: Trauma of the face coupled with esthetic reconstruction is the focus of this well-written, multi-authored text.
Purpose: "The editors of this text sought to assemble a worldwide ensemble of experts to demonstrate the management of facial injuries from both a restorative and esthetic perspective. They have succeeded in their quest. "
Audience: "The authors come mainly from the United Kingdom with significant contributions from the United States and other European countries. These eminent writers are well-versed in their disciplines offering students, residents and clinicians the opportunity to expand their knowledge base of maxillofacial trauma by perusing this book. "
Features: There is a logical order to the book's presentation which commences with the etiology, prevention, medico-legal implications, immediate care, assessment and repair of maxillofacial injuries. Further sections delve deeper into definitive management of hard and soft tissue trauma; secondary surgery of the soft and boney tissues of the face, nose, orbit and facial nerve which is coupled with a section on psychological support and finally innovations in biomaterials, surgical techniques and computerization. Many chapters feature color plates and high resolution black and white radiographic photographs. Charts and drawings further add to the clarity and purposefulness of the well-composed text. Standout chapters regarding stabilization of hard tissue defects, dentoalveolar injuries and periocular repairs are juxtaposed with that of soft tissue repair and burn injuries which demonstrate how difficult it is to achieve an optimal aesthetic outcome.
Assessment: This book provides well-executed coverage of hard- and soft-tissue facial trauma. Certainly, it would not accumulate dust if it were part of your library.