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From The CriticsReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: The unifying theme of this two volume set is that there are a multitude of procedures to sculpt or reshape a breast for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. This set sheds light on the very complex field of breast surgery. Dr. Spear has organized and edited an atlas/text that will instruct surgeons before they undertake such an endeavor.
Purpose: The editor and a cadre of authors have combined the art and science of breast surgery in order to bring into focus this expansive discipline that ranges from the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer to cosmetic surgery.
Audience: "Dr. Spear, a seasoned and thoughtful plastic surgeon, has assembled over 60 esteemed authors in their respective fields to compile an authoritative treatise on breast surgery. This work will foster the knowledge base of those in many disciplines, including plastic and general surgeons and gynecologists and oncologists who are involved in the treatment of patients with breast disease. "
Features: The full breadth of oncologic and cosmetic breast surgery is covered in this text/atlas using a "how-to" approach. The first volume offers information relating to breast cancer, including incidence, screening, diagnosis, pathology, types, treatments, and a host of alternatives and options for reconstruction. The second volume focuses on breast lifting, reshaping, reduction, and augmentation from an esthetic perspective. Many of these same techniques are also appropriate for individuals who have physical disabilities relating to their breast size or shape. The chapters are illustrated well and include photographic documentation of the surgical results. Each topic includes editorial comments that focus the reader's attention on details and perspectives that may be lost in the enormous amount of information that is presented.
Assessment: The care of the breast and subsequent surgery to rebuild it after cancer or to cosmetically enhance its shape is a difficult task at best. Breast contouring procedures require a great deal of skill to maintain a natural appearance and symmetry. This publication will afford both patients and physicians the opportunity to achieve these laudable goals.