Description: This two-volume set is a detailed, multiauthored compilation of virtually every aspect of the reconstructive and plastic surgery portions of ophthalmic surgery. The senior editor appropriately proclaims that this is a magnum opus.
Purpose: The book provides the reader with information ranging from basic biology to surgical technique on all aspects of reconstructive and plastic surgery of the eye. The authors and editors have impressively met the challenges associated with writing such an inclusive text. The treatment of virtually every related subject is comprehensive in scope.
Audience: Any ophthalmologist, but especially those in oculoplastic surgery, will find sections of this book of interest and use. Ophthalmology residents should include this in their cadre of frequently used books. The authors are leaders in the field and have written each chapter with care and devotion.
Features: The book is superbly illustrated and supported by useful legends. Each chapter has extensive references including recent papers. Both the table of contents and index assist the reader in locating specific information.
Assessment: This book is an important contribution. Its scholarly, comprehensive approach offers readers the opportunity to understand every aspect of not only the surgery but the underlying conditions requiring plastic and reconstructive surgery. The book is also filled with superb chapters on such subjects as eyelid and conjunctival tumors as well as imaging of the eye and orbit that are not always covered in less comprehensive texts. The authors have set a very high standard for books in this field.