Reviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Private Practice)
Description: Introductory books on surgical techniques abound. Here is one that is comprehensive, easy to understand, and covers basic topics that are rarely discussed but should be. For example, an entire chapter is devoted to how to properly bandage wounds. The drawings are easy to follow. A vast array of procedures is covered, as well as appropriate indications, potential pitfalls, and helpful tips on performing the techniques properly.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a solid background for learning cosmetic and surgical procedures.
Audience: The audience is dermatologists, dermatology residents, and medical students.
Features: This two-volume book takes readers through the ABCs of surgery. I was pleasantly surprised to see explanations of basic principles of electrocautery, electrofulguration, etc., using fundamental physics. How to prepare cell suspensions for performing cell grafting in the treatment of vitiligo is not often described in standard surgical books, but it is here. There are many diagrams showing how to perform nerve blocks and how to recognize facial landmarks to help guide the needle and anesthesia to the correct position.
Assessment: This is a very good introductory book for learning fundamental principles of cosmetic and surgical procedures. It discusses the limitations of each procedure. There are numerous color photographs illustrating how to perform the surgeries and before and after photographs of patients who have undergone treatments. A useful overview is provided on virtually every cosmetic and dermatological treatment currently available. There is enough detail to give dermatologists a reasonable appreciation of what is involved should they decide to learn and offer the service in their practice.