Glyn E. Jones (Ed): Bostwick’s plastic and reconstructive
QMP, St. Louis, 2010, 1,800 pages, 5,000 illustrations, 4 DVDs, $395.00 USD,
Received: 9 March 2010 / Accepted: 9 March 2010 /Published online: 6 April 2010
This is the third edition of a wonderful book initially edited
by John Bostwick. On my first visit to the USA, I started
my tour in Atlanta and there I met the great Dr. Jurkiewicz,
which, of course, was a very considerable event! I was,
however, very much impressed by a young resident—John
Bostwick—who was just beginning his career. Over the
years, we became very good friends. One of the worst
events in my life was when his wife, Jane called me about
This new edition of his book has been expanded. It has
been produced in two volumes and is edited by Glyn Jones.
There are dedications by Foad Nahai to John and a
foreword and preface by Rod Hester and Glyn Jones.
Reading these is a very sad experience—they are a tribute
to a wonderful person and a great surgeon.
The book consists of 22 chapters and there are 24
contributors—11 from Europe and 13 from the USA. This is
agalaxyofstars—everyone is a winner. The 22 chapters cover
all aspects of this intriguing area. There are very exciting
chapters which are at the cutting edge: multimodal imaging,
fat grafting, cohesive gel implants, microsurgical flap recon-
struction, conservation in tumor resections, aesthetic prob-
lems, and surgery after massive weight loss. I believe that it is
because of John that everyone has tried their very best to make
everything just a little bit better!
It is difficult to imagine that there can be or will be any
competition to this masterpiece apart from new concepts in the
very distant future. Every imaginable breast condition—be it
aesthetic or neoplastic—is discussed in depth. It was wonder-
ful to see a chapter on fat grafting presented by Gino Rigotti,
Syndey Coleman, and others. The results presented are
excellent and, for many of us, give a look into the future.
This also applies to the presentation of microsurgical
reconstruction by Glyn Jones and Peter Neligan. As men-
tioned above, however, every one of these 22 chapters is worth
reading and absorbing the information, which they contain.
Congratulations need to be given to Karen Berger and
her staff. This is a wonderful production—beautifully
presented; the photography and artwork are superb, and
there is a first-class arrangement of illustrations. I cannot
imagine a breast surgeon or trainee who will not want to
have this great book. I also congratulate everyone who
played a part in producing this two-volume work, which
will aid surgeons but, most importantly, will help our
patients to achieve excellent long-term results in what can
be devastating problems.
I. Jackson (*)
Institute for Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery,
Southfield, MI, USA
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