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Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice, Volume 2. Expert Consult Premium Edition

Bidic, Sean M. M.D., M.F.A.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: September 2010 - Volume 126 - Issue 3 - p 1111
doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000367492.04775.62
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Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice, Volume 2. 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.

When videos were first utilized during podium presentations at our national meetings, the audience realized that a new era in teaching surgical technique had arrived. In my opinion, the introduction of online video has as much revolutionary impact as the digital conversion of the 35-mm slide. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth 30,000 words per second.

Plastic Surgery, volume 2, is the second of a two-volume series that covers hand surgery and aesthetic surgery. The resource makes a quantum advance in plastic surgery education by the inclusion of 61 online-accessible video supplements. These supplements are technique videos, from the markings to the postoperative dressings. The breadth is magnificent, spanning a Kevin Chung open carpal tunnel release, a Rod Rohrich open rhinoplasty, and an Elizabeth Hall-Findlay breast reduction. You would have to attend more than 60 courses at national meetings to get access to these high-quality videos, and the best part is that they are online at all times. No more “where's the DVD?” I have accessed the Web site and the videos. The interface is simple and the videos can be accessed via a Mac or a PC platform. The value of this resource for the learning plastic surgeon is beyond words.

The chapters are arranged efficiently. As an example, Chapter 93 focuses on the compression disorders of the upper extremity. A summary of the chapter and a bullet box on optimizing outcomes begin the chapter. The pathophysiology and pertinent anatomy are discussed and followed by an overview of the most common nerve compression syndromes. The chapters are not meant to deliver an exhaustive review of the literature related to the disease process. The illustrations are simply drawn, in color, and easy to understand. The photographs are of high quality in both form and content.

This book is designed to use text, images, and video as a unit to teach the plastic surgeon when and how to perform safe, effective, and up-to-date plastic surgery techniques. The goal is achieved with easy readability and readily accessible high-quality online videos. This book and online video combination is slick and contemporary. Without a doubt, you'll be tweeting about this gem to all of your plastic surgery friends.

Sean M. Bidic, M.D., M.F.A.

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