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Book reviews 10. Vanstraelen P (1992) Comparison of calcium sodium alginate References and porcine xenograft (E-Z DERM) in the healing of split-the- ickness skin graft donor sites. Burns 18:145-148 1. Attwood AI (1989) Calcium alginate dressing accelerates split skin graft donor site healing. Br J Plast Surg 42:373-379 2. Basse R Siim E, Lohmann M (1992) Treatment of donor sites- calcium alginate versus paraffin gauze. Acta Chir Plast 34:92-97 3. Blair SD, Backhouse CM, Harper R, Matthews J, for Mc. Col- lure CN (1988) Comparison of absorbable materials surgical haemostasis. Br J Surg 75:969 4. Butler PEM, Eadie PA, Lawlor D, Edwards G, McHugh M (1993) Bupivacain and kaltostat reduces post-operative donor site pain. Br J Plast Surg 46:523-524 5. Groves AR, Lawrence JC (1986) Alginate dressings as a do- nor site haemostat. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 68:27 6. Lawrence JE, Blake GB (1991) A comparison of calcium algi- nate and scarlet red dressings in the healing of split thickness skin graft donor sites. Br J Plast Surg 44:247-249 7. Lawrence JE (1975) The use of opsite, a vapour permeable dressing, on skin graft donor sites. Br J Plast Surg 28:107 8. Oliver LC, Blaine G (1949) Haemostasis with absorbable algi- nates in neurosurgical practice. Br J Surg 37:307 9. Porter JM (1991) A comparative investigation of re-epitheliali- B. Cihantimur sation of split skin graft donor areas after application of hydro- colloid and alginate dressings. Br J Plast Surg 44:333-337 !i i il Eur J Plast Surg (1997) 20:263 Barry, D.: Nips & tucks: everything you must know before Jurkiewicz M.J., Culbertson J.H., Jr. (eds): Operative tech- having cosmetic surgery. 192 pages, US$ 17.95. ISBN 1- niques in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Philadelphia: 881649-93-8. Los Angeles: General Publishing Group, 1996. Sannders. Volume 2. ISBN 1071-0949 It is well understood by professionals in the plastic surgery This is a new (1994) quarterly journal with an emphasis on arena that one of the keys to successful surgical outcome for pa- surgical assessment, planning and execution. Each issue explores tients lies in proper education, preparation and reasonable expec- a topic from these points of view. The senior editors select guest tations about surgery. Diana Barry's book just might be one of editors for each issue who then invite various experts to discuss an those "keys" to unlock the educational door. Ms. Barry was ini- aspect of the relevant surgery from their perspective. The artwork tially trained as a makeup artist who was introduced to reconstruc- is excellent as are the illustrations, and the journal is printed in tive plastic surgery through the experiences of her father who suf- oversized format. The journal serves not only as a guide on vari- fered a traumatic facial injury and endured multiple surgical pro- ous operative techniques, but also as a review of common tech- cedures, both reconstructive and aesthetic. She does not claim to niques available as well as being up-to-date. In this day of ever in- be a medical authority on surgery but her experiences with post- creasing numbers of journals and texts can this be justified. I feel surgical patients prove her to be well-qualified to write this book. that this journal fulfills its edict in a manner which is useful and The text is clear, concise and appropriate reading for the non-med- original. While some may argue with the selection of authors and ical person. The various cosmetic surgical procedures are accu- even on the scope of each journal, the bias is clearly stated and rately described with beautiful illustrations along with presurgical standard procedures are described for each topic. In addition some and postsurgical ins~uctions in an organized and precise fashion. more recent unusual approaches to certain topics have been in- A very nice feature that patients will appreciate is instructions for cluded, such as Camirand's approach to lower lid blepharoplasty postoperative makeup application. Patients need to know they can have been included, which keeps the journal relevant and contro- resume some of their normal routine quite early after surgery versial. I think this is a useful addition to the literature, and while without feeling uncomfortable about their appearance. There is no much of the information may be available from other sources, it is printed material that can substitute for personal consultation, how- very useful to see things from a number of experts' viewpoints un- ever this book can be offered to patients to read many times over. der the guidance of a selected guest editor. The more experienced It can also be used following their actual procedure to help reduce surgeon will probably gain the most from this, having been ex- the anxiety that is ever present in the recovery period when expec- posed to a number of techniques over the years, and will thus be tations tend to be somewhat unrealistic. Nips and Tucks should be able to make a true assessment of each issue as it comes to hand. I part of every surgeon's library to use as an addendum to informa- recommend this as a relevant and easy to read journal which will tion already provided to the patient. (B. Beal, R.N., Southfield) have direct relevance to everyday practice. (R Callan, Victoria) iii:ili!i~ili!;!iiiiiiiiii!ii!ii!!iiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!iiii:!i European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals
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