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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This is the second edition of a brilliantly illustrated and well written journey that guides the reader through the maze of cranio/maxillofacial anatomy with a focused emphasis on an array of surgical exposure options of the facial skeleton.
Purpose: Flying, driving, or operating upon the facial skeleton all require a road map to prevent losing one's way. The authors have constructed a book that allows surgeons the opportunity to access the craniofacial skeleton through a step-by-step process. Other books on a similar theme are often distracted by a desire to repair the skeleton without detailing the procedures necessary to expose these defects. This book emphasizes the surgical approach, rather than the final repair.
Audience: These eminent oral and maxillofacial surgeons have assembled a sequel to their popular first edition detailing the necessary topographic exposure requisite for surgeons in oral, maxillofacial, craniofacial, and plastic surgery and otolaryngology. Residents with more than a rudimentary understanding of soft tissue handling and seasoned practitioners will benefit from this well designed book.
Features: "A brief introductory section regarding basic principles of scar placement sets the stage for the subsequent chapters relating to exposure of the facial and cranial skeleton. Each of the ensuing sections highlights a particular anatomic region: periorbital, coronal, transoral, transfacial approach to the mandible, exposure of the temporomandibular joint, and the nasal skeleton. A comparable methodology is applied to each region of the face so that readers are exposed to the basics of anatomy, appropriate specialized instrumentation necessary for the surgery, surgical subtleties to preclude problems and varied skeletal approach alternatives. High quality drawings and colorized intraoperative anatomic photographs along with a succinctly written text clarify and underscore these procedural maneuvers. "
Assessment: The complex nature of our skeletal cover necessitates a through knowledge of the overlying structures which are clearly elucidated in this book. Understanding the appropriate approach to the facial skeleton is certainly of paramount importance for surgeons who desire an optimal outcome; hence, one would be rewarded by having this second edition close by.