February 1975

Kazanjian & Converse's Surgical Treatment of Facial Injuries

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass


ed 3, vol 1 and 2, by John M. Converse, 1,482 pp, $67.50, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(2):227. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360080093029

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This third edition of the Surgical Treatment of Facial Injuries follows its well-known predecessors of 1949 and 1959. Updated, it is now two volumes and provides more than an excellent coverage of facial injuries. It is truly a panorama of plastic surgery with an insightful perspective. In addition to information on interdental wiring and correction of prognathism, to cite examples, we are also given chapters on wound healing, rhinoplasty, skin flaps, grafts, facial paralysis, and burns of the head and neck. As a reader, I always appreciate receiving more rather than less. Some might find, however, such a scope less necessary today than 25 years ago when readers had less background in plastic surgery and when just a few texts in this field existed. It would be easy and small-minded for a reviewer to note the inevitable lacunae in a work of such proportions. To do so would detract from

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