February 1974

Monographs on Plastic Surgery: The Use of Skin Grafts

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass 02146


vol 1. By RC Bell, MB, FRCS. Price, $17.50. Pp 157. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Ave, New York 10016, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(2):254. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350260106042

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The author has intended his book "for general and orthopaedic surgeons overseas who from time to time are called upon to perform plastic surgery operations." With that readership in mind, he has described techniques that "... are not the latest or the most sophisticated, but all have been found to be effective and reliable."

The book begins with a one-page history of grafting followed by an excellent discussion of the various types of skin autografts, their advantages and disadvantages. This reviewer appreciated the advice against pinch grafts because "the method is slow, tedious, and the final result unsightly..." as is the donor area. Not mentioned is the fact that a pinch graft is usually a full-thickness one, if taken by a scalpel from skin raised by a needle. Mr. Bell's remarks about the methods and sites of procuring and immobilizing skin grafts are sound and clearly presented. Somewhere a strong plea

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