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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alvin Telser, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book covers the basic and molecular mechanisms of wound healing.
Purpose: This volume is edited by R.A.F. Clark, who states that the book should serve as a bridge between the basic scientist and the clinician who are interested in the basic mechanisms of wound repair. This is a worthy goal and meets the author's objectives to a fair degree.
Audience: The intended audience is basic research scientists and clinicians (who may be caring for patients or doing research). It may also be used as a textbook by students taking a course in wound healing and repair, although the author does not state this explicitly.
Features: Although illustrations are not a major feature of this text, there is an adequate number of tables and diagrams in each chapter. The light and electron micrographs that are included are not of very high quality, owing much more to the print quality and paper used in producing this book than to the original science depicted. Matrix materials, microvasculature, and connective tissue cells are difficult to appreciate and interpret in any micrograph, so a poor quality of reproduction diminishes their value to the reader. The table of contents and index are fine. Each of the 18 chapters is well referenced.
Assessment: This book has some of the qualities of a textbook and some of the qualities of a review. One gets the feeling that the authors of the various chapters weren't quite sure for whom they were writing. Consequently, the book, albeit somewhat useful, may be less useful for beginners in this field than for more experienced scholars. Nonetheless, it should be on the shelves of biomedical libraries, and some medical school bookstores may also find it worth stocking.