Facial Plastic Surgery: The Essential Guide. By Stephen S. Park, Terry A. Day, Edward H. Farrior, John L. Frodel, Jonathan M. Sykes, and Dean M. Toriumi. Pp. 320. Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, N.Y., 2005. Price: $139.95.
Facial Plastic Surgery: The Essential Guide is precisely what it claims to be: it is a basic text that addresses the essential elements of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the head and neck, including congenital problems, maxillofacial trauma, head and neck reconstruction, rhinoplasty, aging face surgery, and cutaneous reconstruction.
The six co-authors are widely published authorities, and each is the sole author of his respective chapter. They have produced a well-referenced, capably written, and appropriately illustrated single volume focusing on the current concepts of management. Included is an introductory section on the evaluation and basic treatment of basic cleft lip and palate deformities, but the book does not address the management of the associated nasal deformities. The common head and neck syndromes and sequences are included, but the craniofacial surgical management is not discussed.
Each chapter follows a uniform editorial structure, with highlighted pertinent pearls and controversies and extensive bibliographies. The text targets the younger physician and is an excellent reference for students, house officers, and the inexperienced surgeon seeking an overview in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck.
M. Haskell Newman, M.D.
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