Eur J Plast Surg (2008) 31:209 DOI 10.1007/s00238-008-0266-7 BOOK REVIEW H. Giele, O. Cassell: Oxford specialist handbooks in surgery—plastic and reconstructive surgery Oxford Medical Publications, 2008, 942 pp, black and white diagrams [ISBN 9780192632227] £ 39.95 Zeeshan Ahmad Received: 5 May 2008 /Accepted: 7 May 2008 / Published online: 5 June 2008 Springer-Verlag 2008 The Oxford Specialist Handbook in Plastic and Reconstructive incorporating the latest best practice evidence and therefore Surgery is a very useful and handy tool for any junior is a reliable and accurate up-to-date source of information. doctor. Its use is not just confined to plastic surgery trainees Further, it is divided into 23 chapters including basic but is useful for nurses, allied health professionals, ENT, science, anatomy and clinical assessment, drugs, flaps, plus oral and maxillofacial and general surgeons, dermatologists, anatomical regions such as chapters on eyelids, head and A&E doctors and general practitioners. Based and modelled neck, upper limb, etc. It contains many surgical drawings, on key themes in the Fellowship of the Royal College of which are of invaluable use to a plastic surgeon, especially Surgeons (Plast) examination in the classic Oxford hand- for trainees. book style, it contains highly relevant current clinical It does however have some disadvantages; it is in black information and tips on surgical technique. Moreover, it and white; it lacks colour photographs–plates and could be has sections on hand surgery, craniofacial surgery, lower better laid out. These are considerations perhaps for future limb trauma and facial plastics, which are key themes for editions, and, with the oxford handbook having included trainees. some of these in other publications such as the Oxford Practically, it is pocket-sized, weighs 150 g and as a Handbook of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Specialities, result is readily portable; ideal for on calls. Being the first the second edition should incorporate these suggestions to edition (2008), it has up-to-date clinical information, make this very useful book even better. Z. Ahmad (*) Department of Plastic Surgery, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Barracl Road, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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