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October 1974

Hair Transplant Surgery

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass


by O'Tar T. Norwood, 108 pp, $10.50, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(4):589. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360040097031

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Written by a dermatologist with considerable experience in hair transplants, this book contains helpful instruction for performing the technique. The author has studied well the variants of male pattern baldness. This knowledge is a prerequisite for proper patient selection and for correctly planning the new hairline.

There is a good section on complications and poor results, their avoidance and management. Illustrations are excellent, and information is abundant on doing this surgery in the office.

Compared with plastic surgeons, many of whom also do hair transplants, the author, and most dermatologists, use "clean hands" (not gloves) and do not suture the donor sites. In my opinion, failure to do so causes more postoperative bleeding (34% of 50 dermatologists who responded to a questionnaire by the author reported this complication) and definitely begets more scarring. There is also a reluctance to use strips of hair as grafts. These require sterile technique, closure

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