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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: The authors have filled the pages of this two-volume set with such a plethora of information that it qualifies as the holy grail of plastic surgery. This teaching compendium covers a multitude of indispensable topics in plastic surgery.
Purpose: The purpose was to provide a book based upon the curriculum outlined by the Association of Academic Chairmen in Plastic Surgery.
Audience: Although the book is aimed at residents or newly minted plastic surgeons, it transcends this narrow focus giving all who work in this specialty much useful information. It is written by an international group of contributors.
Features: The two volumes are exquisitely assembled with accurate photographic renditions of surgical procedures and patient outcomes. Charts focus attention on pertinent points and an accompanying DVD details a multitude of surgical interventions. Chapters that are illustrated on the DVD are highlighted in the table of contents. The nine sections of the book cover the breadth of the field of plastic surgery, creating a core upon which readers can expand once they have gained sufficient experience. The book begins with basic principles before going into various techniques involving tumors, burns, defect management, lower extremity reconstruction, genitalia, chest and abdominal reconstruction, and the reconstruction of lost breast tissue. The book then covers craniomaxillofacial, craniofacial, pediatric, head and neck, and hand surgery and concludes with a section on aesthetic surgery. Readers also can register online to get ongoing updates.
Assessment: Medical school and hospital libraries should have this book. It delivers relevant, core information that opens doors to unlimited possibilities.