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May 13, 1968

An Atlas of Surgery of the Face, Mouth, and Neck

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by Robin M. Rankow, 292 pp, with illus, $25, $27 Canada, Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1968.

JAMA. 1968;204(7):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140200077037

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The author of this new atlas is both a dentist and a surgeon who for many years has taught anatomy of the face to medical students at Columbia. His book reflects both for good and for bad this unique background.

On the positive side, the atlas is particularly lucid in the diagrams, illustrations, and descriptive material that concern the bony framework of the head and neck. Indeed there are few such atlases used by general surgeons so helpful in the management of trauma to the jaws and face. The new atlas gives details of dental wiring which so often are neglected by general surgical texts or atlases. Helpful, too, are the diagrams explaining the mechanism of fractures about the face which seem so haphazard and random to the incognicente. The book will be helpful as a reference for students of anatomy.

The book suffers from incomplete coverage concerning soft tissue