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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: The unifying theme of this book is that the breast is a complex structure that must be viewed from a multidisciplinary perspective. Due to the multitude of procedures necessary to sculpt or reshape a breast for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes, surgeons must be familiar with the appearance of the normal breast and have a vast understanding of the options available at their disposal.
Purpose: The editors and contributors have melded together the principles of the art and science behind breast surgery into this two-volume book that brings into focus this expansive discipline ranging from the oncologic diagnosis and treatment of the breast to cosmetic augmentation.
Audience: Dr. Spear, a seasoned and thoughtful plastic surgeon, has assembled over 150 contributing authors in their respective fields to compile this authoritative book. It will foster the knowledge base of those in many disciplines, including plastic and general surgeons, gynecologists, and oncologists, all of whom partake in the treatment and care of patients with breast disease.
Features: The book covers the breadth of reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery in an atlas and how-to format, with the exception of the oncology sections which use a text-only format. The first volume offers information relating to breast cancer, i.e., incidence, screening, diagnosis, pathology, types, treatments, and a host of alternatives and options for reconstructing the breast. The second volume focuses on breast lifting, reshaping, reducing, and augmenting from an aesthetic perspective. All chapters are well illustrated and accompanied by photographic documentation of the surgical results. Editorial comments that focus the reader's attention on details and perspectives that may be missed in the enormous amount of information are helpful. Breast surgery for cancer patients is now the domain of multiple specialties, and this book represents a collaborative effort to diagnose, treat, and rebuild the breast. The clear photographs are superb visual aids, as are the charts and algorithms, which will enable readers to discern various nuances necessary to reshape, rebuild, and enhance the breast.
Assessment: Surgery either to rebuild the breast after cancer or to cosmetically enhance its shape requires a great deal of skill to maintain a natural appearance and symmetry. This book will afford both patient and physician the opportunity to achieve these laudable goals. As the knowledge and understanding of breast surgery has grown, so, too, has this newest edition.