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November 1973

Cosmetic Facial Surgery,

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ed 1. By Thomas D Rees, MD, Donald Wood-Smith, MD. Price, $55. Pp 609, with over 1,500 illustrations. WB Saunders Co, West Washington Square, Philadelphia 19105, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(5):817-818. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350230169038

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This book is notable for the excellence of its information, illustrations, and photographs. The authors and the contributors write from a strong experience in cosmetic facial surgery and the reader will benefit, as will his patients, from their skilled, common sense approach. Topics covered are concepts of beauty, selection of patients, social and psychological factors, anesthesia, blepharoplasty, face lift, chemabrasion and dermabrasion, silicone injection, rhinoplasty, nasal physiology, mentoplasty, prognathism, cheiloplasty, otoplasty, and the treatment of baldness.

The appearance of this book is a commentary on the evolution of this surgery, which once had to be practiced in secret outside the medical mainstream. Later, it became tolerated within the general hospital if the plastic surgeon redeemed himself by doing also reconstructive procedures. Even today in the university setting, cosmetic surgery has achieved only an uneasy balance, particularly in its relations with general surgery. There are parallels with the development and acceptance

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