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Book and Media Review
Mar/Apr 2015

Review of Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Larrabee Center, Seattle, Washington

Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction, 3rd ed
Shan R.  Baker
800 pp, $279.99, ISBN 978-1-4557-5316-1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Saunders, 2014.


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JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015;17(2):151. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2014.1440

Shan R. Baker’s Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction has been the standard reference for closing defects on faces, scalps, and necks since shortly after its initial publication in 1995. Residents in programs across the country are often instructed to “review the Baker chapter” to prepare for an upcoming reconstructive surgery. It’s also likely that every facial plastic surgery fellow and likely many beginning surgeons starting their careers have a well-referenced copy. However, even those of us with decades of experience striving to continue our learning are likely to continue benefitting from Baker’s illustrations and finer points of technique, as our techniques evolve in parallel to his. Building on that legacy, Baker’s latest edition does even more to solidify its utility as a toolbox of techniques to cosmetically close holes.

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