February 1977

Biologic Basis of Wound Healing

Author Affiliations

St Louis


edited by Lewis Menaker, 360 pp, $27.50, Harper & Row Publishers Inc, 1975.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(2):230. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370020124024

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This book is offered as a review of wound healing "specifically written in an effort to reach the student as well as the practicing health professional." The editor is a dentist at the University of Alabama; the majority of the authors are from either the medical or dental schools of the University of Alabama and include physicians, doctors of philosophy, and dentists.

The type is clear and legible; the tables and charts are easy to read. The drawings and photographs are of high quality.

The book is theoretically designed to present wound healing as it naturally occurs (ie, in the usual chronological sequence). Thus, the book begins with such topics as hemostasis, platelet function, and coagulation; the text then proceeds to inflammation, protein synthesis, collagen synthesis, and epidermal healing. The basic organization is quite sound. However, the reasons for including portions of some chapters and other entire chapters are unclear.

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