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From The CriticsReviewer:Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD(Bridgeport Hospital)
Description:Civilizations have advanced medical knowledge through the intimate understanding of anatomy. Dr. Blondeel and his associate editors have built upon this foundation a considerable storehouse of information on perforator flaps and have successfully condensed this whole story into a two-volume set. Perforator flaps used by reconstructive surgeons are the backbone of the restoration process. The editors and authoritative authors take readers through the anatomy, techniques needed for harvesting, and the clinical applications of these vascularized flaps.
Purpose:The editors submit that by enhancing one's knowledge and understanding of perforator flaps, surgeons will be able to gain access to a whole array of novel reconstructive options. Their goal is to provide all currently available information about perforator flaps in a comprehensive format. They have admirably hit the mark.
Audience:Authored by leading experts in the field, this is a didactic experience for reconstructive surgeons and more specifically for those delving into the microscopic phase of flap reconstruction. Far from a basic how-to-do-it text, this book is targeted to those with advanced training. This is not to say that students in the reconstructive area, plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, or hand surgeons cannot also find this book educational.
Features:An accompanying DVD brings the viewer through the surgical harvestings of four perforator flaps. These techniques can then be readily adapted to the processing and procurement of other flaps. The text is organized into fourparts, each with multiple chapters and all using a uniform writing style despite the multitude of authors. Part one focuses upon fundamentals of perforator flap surgery which includes anatomy, physiology, techniques, planning, and complications. Part two is a guide to obtaining flaps by region of the body. Part three is a clinical guide to how these flaps may be used in reconstruction. Part four is "an amalgam of unusual, unique or futuristic topics." Copious illustrations and color photographs adorn the pages of both books. Nomenclature of perforator flaps has been standardized throughout and even printed inside the book cover for those in need of a rapid name reorientation. Pertinent references end each chapter.
Assessment:Every so often there are books that are not mere regurgitations of previous publications. This one is a fusion of relevant knowledge from the past and the present and concludes with insights into what is in store in the future of flap reconstruction.