Eur J Plast Surg (2002) 25:344 DOI 10.1007/s00238-002-0437-x BOOK REVIEW D. R. Pieper Pediatric neurosurgery: surgery of the developing nervous system, 4th edn. D. McLone (ed). Section V: bony malformations. M. Walker (ed). Saunders, Philadelphia, 2001. 1344 pp. ISBN 072168209X, US$ 360.00 Published online: 10 October 2002 © Springer-Verlag 2002 This represents an extensive and comprehensive re- tion of both the data and discussions in these chapters is view of pediatric neurosurgery. Section V is dedicated to appealing to residents and attending physicians alike. The bony malformations; a compilation of ten chapters, of remaining four chapters focus on the surgical techniques which six chapters are dedicated to craniosynostosis. of the different synostoses: sagittal, metopic, coronal and Chapters 27 (“Nonsyndromic craniosynostosis”) and multiple suture synostosis. Each of these chapters is an 31 (“Syndromic craniofacial malformations”) are excel- overview of the authors’ preferred techniques and is not lent overviews of craniosynostosis. Both of these chap- intended to replace a surgical atlas. The lack of the au- ters provide a thorough overview of craniosynostosis thors’ discussion of outcomes and complications in these historically, but more importantly provide an excellent surgical chapters is an obvious deficiency, especially in discussion with regards to the clinical diagnosis and cur- such a comprehensive text. The absence of a craniofacial rent discoveries in the pathophysiology of craniosynos- plastic surgeon as a co-author in two of the surgical chap- tosis. Both chapters include a discussion of the molecu- ters (“Sagittal synostosis repair” and “Metopic synostosis lar biology of craniosynostosis, which, although not repair”) is unfortunate, as even the chapter “Syndromic necessarily appreciated by all clinicians, is a much-need- craniofacial malformations” stresses the importance of a ed addition in any major medical text if it is to be regard- multi-disciplinary team approach in the management of ed as a comprehensive resource. The concise presenta- these patients. Overall I found this text an excellent com- prehensive review of pediatric neurosurgery. Its focus is limited to the cranial aspect of craniosynostosis, with little D.R. Pieper ( ) to no discussion of the facial implications in the recon- Michigan Institute of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, structive process. As such, this text would be better uti- Southfield, Michigan, USA e-mail: email@example.com lized in the library of the neurosurgical department.
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