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This monograph by Harold Stearns Vaughan presents a condensed yet thorough review of an all-important field of plastic surgery. The early chapters, on the anatomy and embryologic development of these congenital defects, are brief but to the point; the subject matter is well supported by numerous illustrations. The discussion of the surgical management of these conditions includes short descriptions of most of the conventional operations, together with a more extensive presentation of the author's favored procedures. The chapter on reconstruction of the lip is particularly fine; the material is evidence of a thorough mastery of this field of surgery and is presented in a manner which even the uninitiated should understand. It might have been well, however, to sound a warning to the casual operator in this field, lest he be tempted to substitute one of these excellent drawings for experience.
In his preface Dr. Vaughan states that his book
Congenital Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate and Associated Nasal Deformities.. Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(2):461-462. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000020215018