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February 14, 1920

Plastic Surgery: Its Principles and Practice.

JAMA. 1920;74(7):483. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620070051034

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It is the author's opinion that "the field of plastic surgery extends from the top of the head to the sole of the foot, and no properly trained plastic surgeon would be willing to limit his work to the face alone"; as a result, he has assembled between the covers of one book a summary of restorative and reconstructive surgery dealing primarily with defects of the surfaces of the body, including harelip and cleft palate, hypospadias, and exstrophy of the bladder. Wound infection, burns, deforming cicatrices, chronic ulcers and the general principles of tissue transplantation, with especial reference to the transplantation of skin, are among the subjects receiving thorough consideration. There is little to criticize unfavorably, and much to commend. The style is clear and convincing; there is no verbosity, and yet when the author has discussed a subject there are few places where the admirable brevity of the text

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