Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice, Volume 1. Expert Consult Premium Edition
By Bahman Guyuron, Elof Eriksson, and John A. Persing. Edited by Kevin C. Chung, Joseph J. Disa, Arun K. Gosain, Brian M. Kinney, and J. Peter Rubin. Pp. 1665. Elsevier, Philadelphia, Pa. 2009. Price: $479.
This first volume of a two-volume set is a comprehensive, detailed, and beautifully presented work aimed at residents and newly trained surgeons, based on the curriculum of the Association of Academic Chairmen in Plastic Surgery. In addition, the authors have taken advantage of technology and created an online version of the book with a Web site that is, according to the Preface, continuously updated.
Volume 1 includes seven sections: “Principles,” “Techniques,” “Basic Principles of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery,” “Craniofacial Surgery,” “Maxillofacial Surgery,” “Pediatric Plastic Surgery,” and “Head and Neck Surgery.” Overall, the content of this volume is focused primarily on craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery. Thus, Section Two, “Techniques,” which essentially covers a range of general plastic surgery techniques, such as skin cancer, burn care, lower extremity reconstruction, and breast reconstruction to name a few, seems not to fit in this volume. Section One includes a chapter entitled “Professional Development,” which will be appreciated by surgeons in training.
The format of the book is consistent throughout all seven sections. There are a number of features that appear throughout the text: abundant pictures and illustrations, a Summary text box at the start of each chapter, and an Optimizing Outcomes box near the conclusion of most of the chapters. The material is presented in a format that is extremely accessible to readers who are learning plastic surgery; the photographs and illustrations in particular are used effectively in enhancing the educational value of the text. Technical details of surgical methods are emphasized and very welcome; too often, such information is lacking in textbooks.
While the entire volume is of high quality, the “Orbital Hypertelorism” and “Cleft Palate” chapters are particularly noteworthy. The surgical detail is excellent, and the intraoperative photographs of palatoplasty are exquisite.
Criticisms are few and reflect the reality of attempting to cover such a broad curriculum in one volume. It is not possible to present all topics in the same detail. For example, Chapter 18, “Lymphedema,” is quite brief, and this reviewer would like to have seen more detail on orthognathic surgery, particularly surgical planning.
Overall, the editors and authors of Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice, Volume 1 are to be congratulated for producing a work that will no doubt be extremely valuable to residents and young surgeons. It is an educational tour de force.
Arshad R. Muzaffar, M.D.
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