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July 15, 1950

Surgery of Repair: Principles, Problems, Procedures. Volumes I and II

JAMA. 1950;143(11):1036. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910460094032

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This is a two volume work. The first volume begins with an interesting chapter on the history of plastic surgery. The next two chapters contain discussions on principles of physiologic and psychologic considerations and are followed by a chapter on scope and limitations of the field. The next two chapters on history taking and physical examination include interesting photographs and diagrams, as do the chapters on armamentariums, diagnosis, the planning of treatment, activation of the surgical plan, preoperative preparation, the surgical process and anesthesia. There is detailed consideration of skin incisions based on the natural direction of lines of tension over the skin covering the body, technic of suturing, postoperative management, complications, redressing and feeding. There can be little disagreement with much of what is written, but there are many platitudes expressed, and this is perhaps a little out of place in a treatise written not for the neophyte primarily

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