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Book reviews Eur J Plast Surg (1999) 22:350  Springer-Verlag 1999 Schusterman, M.A. (ed.): Microsurgical reconstruction of the will not fit this.º What is new ± or should you buy this book? First: cancer patient. Philadelphia, Lippincott-Raven 1997. Pp 214. There have been many advances: In concepts, techniques, therapy. US$ 165.00. ISBN 0-397-51391-7. 141 contributors have condensed them. Incredibly, the text was not increased, but reduced by 300 pages. But the format of this vol- Who does not know the famous M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in ume is somewhat larger, so the new publisher provides you with a Houston, Texas, and the Plastic Surgery Department at Emory Uni- CD-ROM for optimal portability and affordability: All for less than versity in Atlanta, Georgia? This fascinating book and atlas is from 150.00 Dollars. If you want to know more concerning the 92 chap- these institutions. It outlines the M.D. Anderson approach to free ters, please take advantage of this very good buy. Not only have the flap reconstruction, not only of the head and neck, but also of the previous 58 chapters been increased to 92, of them 73 are new and breast and of the extremities. With pleasure this reviewer, trained 19 were rewritten by the previous authors. The chapters are grouped in ªone of the other larger Cancer Institutesº, The Roswell Park Me- in 8 sections: General Reconstruction, Skin and Soft Tissue, Head morial in Buffalo, New York, registers this basic philosophy and ap- and Neck, Aesthetic Surgery, Breast, Hand, Trunk and Lower Ex- proach throughout this book: Total removal of cancer, as a prereq- tremity, Genitalia. This inexpensive text for the medical student, in- uisite this is followed by establishing the reconstructive goal. Each tern and resident is a current and succinct guide. It documents both reconstructive possibility, here with a free flap, is evaluated. The tradition and progress. It is for daily use. (L. Clodius, Zürich) best solution is then selected, with one primary goal in mind: Reli- ability. A minimal complication rate is a must. The success rate at M.D. Anderson is 96 percent. Congratulations! So, is this book only for the physicians, for the trainees of M.D. Anderson? Only? No! Wood, M.B., Gilbert, A. (eds): Microvascular bone recon- The text is designed to be easily used by any plastic surgeon faced structions. London, Martin Dunitz 1997. Pp 230. US$ 110.00. ISBN with a patient who has a difficult cancer defect. With the help of this 0-948268-71-5. text you will assess the defect, establish the clinical goal, list the possible flaps for the defect, evaluate the advantages and disadvan- Microvascular bone reconstruction is difficult. If the patient suffers tages in the individual situation, and then select and implement the from a bone los, e.g. due to trauma or following tumor removal, if he best suitable flap reconstruction. Which areas are covered? The head is afflicted by a pseudarthrosis or a mandibular defect, for him re- and neck: Craniofacial and midface reconstructions, intraoral recon- construction of his life quality is paramount. Microvascular tissue struction, possibilities for mandibular reconstruction, pharyngeal re- transplantation, as a substantial advance, offers the possibility of constructions, and microneurovascular reconstructions for facial pal- combining the advantages of pedicled bone grafting with the versa- sy. The second section is on free flap breast reconstructions; the tility of free vascularized bone grafting. The super-specialist's third section on microsurgical reconstructions of the upper and low- achievement as an important enhancement of life quality! Happily er extremity. Of each section the first chapter discusses the princi- for the reader, the authors do not only want to give a recipe or a pre- ples pertinent to all defect sites mentioned: Head and Neck, Breast, scription for how to do it best in case of bone loss. As a fundamen- Extremities. These principles include the patient's evaluation, oper- tal, biological base their first three chapters deal with the anatomy ating room set-up, equipment, and microsurgical technique. The text and blood flow of bone, the anatomy and growth of the epiphyseal is abundantly illustrated. Flaps, commonly used, are described in plate, and the control of bone blood flow. The healing of fractures, greater detail than those less frequently used. Not all possible flaps of bone autografts and the theoretical, since clinical problems of are presented, intentionally as this book does not want to be an en- bone allografts are discussed. And, prior to presenting the clinical cyclopedic review. It is more. A most welcome tool: How to plan applications, laboratory basics and possibilities are described: Ex- your reconstruction and how to do it. (L. Clodius, Zürich) perimental microvascular bone transfer for large defects. This re- viewer agrees with the authors that a thorough understanding of the biological and mechanical characteristics of transplanted bone Aston, S.J., Beasly, R.W., Thorne Ch.H.M. (eds.) Grabb and is so important for an optimum clinical application in a given situ- Smith's plastic surgery, 5th edn. Philadelphia, New York, ation in the operating room. The clinical chapters comprise the sur- Lippincott-Raven 1998. Hard cover with CD-ROM. US$ 135.00. gical techniques at the donor and recipient sites, including mandib- ISBN 0-316-32255-5. ular reconstruction. Variations, e.g. osteocutaneous and corticoperi- osteal flaps are also outlined. Further clinical chapters are on bone This text book is a concise, practical and comprehensive encyclope- fixation, postoperative monitoring, and on indications and results, dia of the entire field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. It is a e.g. vascularized bone transfer versus other techniques. The last monumental work. In its, you find everything you need. Very few chapter: Complications (systemic, donor site, recipient site). This books in our speciality have seen a fifth edition! When frequently book is excellently produced in the tradition of Martin Dunitz: ex- using the previous edition, I was always amazed, how complete each cellent paper, excellent typesetting, excellent binding. The many subject is represented and how up to date. This new edition reminds clinical photographs are accompanied by superb two-color line me of the citation of Ralph Waldo Emerson in the foreword of the drawings in order to illustrate each procedure. This book is on a very first edition: ªEach age must write its own books; or rather, each special topic. Anyone doing these reconstructions will certainly generation for the next succeeding. The books of an older period want to buy it. (L. Clodius, Zürich) European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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