by D. L. Leffell and M. D. Brown, 250 pp, $45, New York, NY, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1997.
Books fall into different categories by virtue of their intention and scope. General and subspecialty textbooks in our field become the anchor of our libraries. They infrequently are read in their entirety and then only slowly. They are pulled down and put into service to review a topic or learn a new one, but their main purpose is to serve as ready reference. This book is not one of those: its value is actually quite the opposite. It should be read in short order, either straight through or a chapter or 2 an evening until completed. Much of the text in this relatively short, soft-covered book is conversational and intended to become part of one's fund of knowledge and not memorized. While the book may not have the staying power of a textbook after the first reading, it does admirably fulfill its purpose of providing an entry-level overview of excisional surgery. Because of its low price and high realization of purpose, it is a real bargain.
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