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Book reviews 15. Jahnson S, Graf W, Rikner G, Gerdin B (1995) Anastomotic traction in the hairless guinea pig. Br J Plast Surg 45:508- breaking strength and healing of anastomoses in rat intestine 511 with and without chronic radiation damage. Eur J Surg 18. Davidson SF, Brantley SK, Das SK (1992) The reversibility of 161:425-430 UV-altered wound tensile strength in the hairless guinea pig 16. Portnoy WM, Moscatello AL, Alfieri A, Hilaris BS, Tchelebi following a 90-day recovery period. Br J Hast Surg 45:109- A, Pelton-Henrion K, McCormick SA (1993) Wound repair after fractionated external beam radiation therapy and con- 19. Meister A, Anderson ME (1983) Glutathione. Ann Rev Bio- comitant hyperthermia in an experimental rat model. Cancer chem 52:7ll-760 71:3779-3782 20. Robinson M, Rounds J, Hong R, Jacobs P, Wilmore D (1992) 17. Davidson SF, Brantley SK, Johnson SG, Hsu HS, Das SK Glutathione deficiency increase organ dysfunction after hem- (1992) The effects of ultraviolet irradiation on wound con- orrhagic shock. Surgery 112:140-149 Eur J Plast Surg (1997) 20:309 Flatt, A.E.: The care of hand anomalies, 2nd edn. St. Louis: Lejour, M.: Vertical mammaplasty and liposuction (includes Quality Medical Publishing 1994. 466 pages,US$ 89.00. ISBN 0- 45 rain videotape). St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing 1994. 238 pages, US$ 220.00. ISBN 0-942219-59-7. 942219-35-X. This volume, excellently produced according to the high stan- This book, a monograph, demonstrates a new method princi- dards of QMP, reflects Doctor Flatt's philosophy of his care and pally for breast reduction. Every detail is described and illustrated. his surgical approach to the congenitally deformed hand. Fifteen A 45 rain videotape shows "how it's done", how to learn this years after the first edition, this is his second and he has included method thoroughly. The way the reader is lead is from safety and his experiences with treated and untreated deformities as well as avoiding complications, to symmetry and to an optimal esthetic his new technical approaches. Doctor Flatt has followed many of appearance with as few scars as possible. Before and after surgery his patients to adulthood. Some have returned to him with their illustrations document excellent long-term results. This book is a malformed children for therapy. This reviewer knows of other result of over 30 years experience of trials, discussions, changes, books on hand surgery written by Doctor Flatt in his usual, de- always in the pursuit of an optimal long-term result. These are, the lightful and clear style: The care of minor hand injuries and the author modestly writes, "grown out of the collective efforts of a care of the rheumatoid hand. I own the second edition of both number of talented surgeons." Not only an excellent method deal- books, and neither book is mentioned in the references in the vol- ing with many difficult situations is presented, but also the evolu- ume reviewed: what modesty! One of the highlights is at the very tion of a surgical procedure with its necessary variations, found to beginning of this book, a letter of a mother with deformed hands be adaptable to the specific problem of the individual patient and feet to her daughter, similarly affected. Dear reader, may I There are seven chapters: Fundamentals (elements of breast re- quote a few lines: "...when your father and I chose to have you, duction, mastopexy techniques, principles of liposuction); applied some people questioned why we would bring a child into the anatomy for vertical mammaplasty; patient evaluation; operative world when you have a fifty-fifty chance of having the same con- procedures including caveats on vertical mammaplasty; complica- dition I have...I was asked whether I would consider an abor- tions, problems, secondary revisions; special applications; second- tion...the message seems to be: a flawless physical appearance is ary reduction mammaplasty, breast reconstruction; long-term re- worth worshipping. But the message is wrong, a waste of time and sults with a section on unanswered questions. For whom is this energy, mostly a waste of love...physical perfection is a term that book and video? The beginner will like the introductory chapters describes a human shell, not a human soul...". The contents are and he will realize how much knowledge, dexterity, and persever- divided into four main sections: The malformed hand, with chap- ance are necessary to obtain a perfect result, how difficult the op- ters on genetics, inheritance, classification and incidence on the eration of breast reduction can be. The experimenced plastic sur- role of reconstructive surgery, on growth, size and function; the geon will remember that breast surgery must serve the entire pa- thumb: inadequate, absent, extra thumb; the fingers: small and ab- tient, with all her problems and expectations. Hopefully, realistic sent, crooked, webbed, extra fingers, long fingers, constriction enthusiasm and this book will make him enjoy studying, consider- ring syndrome, and a chapter by G.D. Lister on toe to hand trans- ing, and performing this new technique. Certainly he will under- fers. The fourth section, the hand, deals with cleft hand and cen- stand better the mechanics and intricacies of breast surgery which tral defects, the radial club hand - an outstanding overview and are necessary for success in difficult situations. Both beginner and contribution of 45 pages, and ulnar deficiencies. The text is con- expert will enjoy this book, because the best pleasures in life are cluded with a section with important references pertinent to each the pleasures of knowledge. (L. Clodius, Ztirich) chapter, by a glossary of terms (your Latin and Greek!), and by an index of syndromes including their inheritance, hand deformities, and other anomalies. This is a class volume in which a master and expert shares his lifelong insights, experiences and advances in this field. (L. Clodius, Ztirich) European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals
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