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March 5, 1960

The Surgical Treatment of Facial Injuries

JAMA. 1960;172(10):1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020100119031

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This revised textbook covers completely the subject of soft tissue and bone injuries of the face. The first four chapters cover the basic principles involved in repairing soft tissue defects and are well presented. Chapters 5 to 12 describe the treatment of facial bone fractures. Many will disagree with some of the corrective methods shown. Too much emphasis is placed on the use of cumbersome plaster of Paris headgear with various wires and levers attached. Most plastic surgeons consider this out of date and frequently ineffective. The same may be said of the use of external pin fixation. The use of various types of open reduction with wire and Kirschner pins is simpler and more accurate and is not accompanied by the numerous complications resulting from head cap and external pin techniques.

Roentgenographic demonstration of facial bone fractures is frequently difficult, but chapter 13 demonstrates these techniques unusually well. Chapters

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