November 21, 1990

Plastic Surgery of the Facial Skeleton

Author Affiliations

Wellesley, Mass

Wellesley, Mass


by S. Anthony Wolfe and Samuel Berkowitz, 796 pp, with illus, $225, Boston, Mass, Little Brown & Co, 1989.

JAMA. 1990;264(19):2576. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450190108040

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This readable, easily handled, logical, and admittedly dogmatic single volume presents the extensive experience of the Craniofacial Anomalies Program of the University of Miami (Fla) School of Medicine. The two authors present a unified analysis of 250 patients with problems involving the face, "beginning with the chin and progressing upward through the jaws, orbital cavities, and skull."

Dr Tessier states in the foreword, "This is a book that I should like to write because it reflects personal clinical experiences and the opinions drawn from them... based on common sense."

The authors demonstrate their scholarship and curiosity in the first chapter, "Dramatis Personae," which describes the wide variety of surgeons and dentists from various countries who have contributed to this field. They then proceed with 19 more chapters, on the chin, mandible, maxilla, cleft lip and palate, combined mandible and maxillary procedures, orbital dystopia and tumors, and the cranium, to mention