edited by Ervin Epstein and Ervin Epstein, Jr, 676 pp, with illus, $95, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1987.
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The sixth edition of Skin Surgery consists of 55 chapters written by 58 contributors. The writing style is fairly uniform throughout the text, despite the presence of numerous authors. Each chapter is concise and well written. The pages are filled with high-quality photographs and simple diagrams.
The text is thorough. It begins with general considerations of surgery including anesthesia, wound healing, psychology of cosmetic surgery, and emergencies in outpatient surgery. It proceeds to discuss cold-steel surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, laser therapy, chemosurgery, and immunotherapy. The section on hair transplantation is excellent and very detailed. The text also includes a section on special diseases that covers the treatment of nevi, verruca, hidradenitis, melanoma, tattoos, hypertrophic scars and keloids, leg ulcers, and burns. The book concludes with a chapter on the progress of dermatologic surgery, which discusses the use of tissue expanders.
The clarity of the writing and the thoroughness with which the
Sampson DD. Skin Surgery, ed 6,. Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(7):958. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660310128031