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December 1996

Preoperative and Postoperative Dermatologic Surgical Care

Author Affiliations

Lebanon, NH

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(12):1531-1532. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890360125035

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This book is a valuable collection of chapters on preoperative and postoperative dermatologic surgical care. Although it is not apparent from the cover or title page, it is a multiauthored text. Many of the chapters are excellent. Most praiseworthy is the inclusion of topics that elsewhere are not as well covered, even in large multiauthored texts. For example, the chapter entitled "Personal Perspectives" gives recommendations for improving communication with patients and colleagues. Surgery is as much judgment as technical skill; readers will benefit from the wisdom of the authors' considerable experience. Tips are given on improving consultations with pathologists and for managing difficult situations, such as when a biopsy specimen is lost or when a colleague may have made a misdiagnosis. The chapter entitled "Surgical Facility" is also executed with excellence. The chapter entitled "Planning the Excision" is excellent in concept and content—I can't remember a more thoughtful approach to

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