Surgical Anatomy around the Orbit: The System of Zones, Second Edition
By Barry M. Zide, M.D., D.M.D. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, Pa., 2006. Price: $149.
This book represents an updated and thorough approach to the soft tissue of the periorbital region, with correlations to relevant anatomical issues for both reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons. This is the second edition of a classic book published by Raven Press in 1985. It was originally authored by Dr. Zide and Dr. Jelks. Now authored solely by Zide, it is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. The book is a wonderful addition to the descriptions of orbital anatomy. It benefits from some classic anatomical dissections and, of course, the wonderful drawings of Craig Luce. The new book has been significantly improved with regard to organization, illustrations, and the inclusion of modern details, such as the section on sub–orbicularis oculi fat. The new drawings, new dissections, new style, and new subjects clearly bring the older text into the twenty-first century. The book is carefully organized and profusely, beautifully illustrated. The legends for the illustrations are accurate and concise. The book is, therefore, easy and enjoyable to read, and the anatomical drawings and anatomical pictures are so good that it is as much a treat as going to a museum.
This text will unquestionably be one of the landmark books on orbital anatomy. It reaches twenty-first century standards in all respects. A CD-ROM is included for further study. Zide’s classic paper on nerve blocks is included, as is a chapter on the facial nerve (how to avoid damaging it). This book should be in every library, as it represents a collection of orbital concepts that are essential for all who perform surgery in this region. It is required reading for residents and faculty alike. The classic clear presentations and teaching skills of Zide are wonderfully reflected in this impressive publication.
Paul Manson, M.D.
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