Eur J Plast Surg (2004) 27:50 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0590-x BOOK REVIEW L. Clodius Oxford University Press, 2002, 581 pp, Hardback, (ISBN 0-19-513906-2) £110.00 Published online: 10 March 2004 Springer-Verlag 2004 In this journal, the reviewer had the pleasure to announce The editor has to be congratulated on his ability to another classic on this subject from the Paris centre for assemble 54 contributors. The list reads almost as “who’s cleft lip and palate [Eur J Plast Surg (2002) 25:104]. It who” in cleft lip and palate. The profusely illustrated text summarized a century of experience in therapeutic ap- is divided into three sections: basic principles, treatment proaches. This volume is different: “only” 150 pages are and public health issues. The first section has four parts: devoted to treatment, and the emphasis is not on which basic embryology of cleft lip/palate, clinical features, method of cleft closure is considered the best: “It is an epidemiology and genetics of cleft lip/palate, with chap- advantage for the surgeon to have experience in cleft lip/ ters on modes of inheritance of oral clefts, gene-environ- palate care and a broad range of techniques from which to ment interaction and risk of oral clefts, genetic counsel- choose”. ing. Section two: diagnostic and morphological issues According to a 1998 US report one of five infant including also topics as the cleft/cranio-facial team, sur- deaths is due to birth defects, the leading cause of infant gical principles, infant feeding, speech disorders, dental mortality. Oral clefts are the second most common birth care, psychological care, genetic counseling. The third defects, and a life-time cost of $100,000 per case was section: the parent’s perspectives on cleft lip/palate, pre- calculated. Thus, one of the objectives of the US De- vention, costs, educating the practitioner and the public, partment of Health is to reduce the rate of birth defects. innovations in international cooperation (to mention only This volume is intended to provide graduate students, a few titles). There is an appendix on the directory of practitioners, researchers, but also interested parents, internet resources and a concluding glossary, explaining siblings and patients affected, with the necessary infor- specific terms used in oral clefts. mation and the understanding of genetic as well environ- A truly magnificent book on so many problems, mental factors. difficulties and opportunities associated with oral clefts. L. Clodius ( ) Zurich, Switzerland
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 2004
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