by John Conley, $70, 268 pp, with 759 illus, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1976.
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A book discussing reconstruction after resection of benign and malignant lesions of the head and neck is greatly needed and, therefore, quite timely. With the recent changes in philosophy toward immediate reconstruction and the recent major advances in techniques, the medical community is in need of such a book. Unfortunately, Regional Flaps of the Head and Neck does not totally fill that need.
There seems to be a lack of purpose to the work. One wonders for whom the book is designed. If it is designed for the neophyte surgeon to learn to perform the various flaps necessary to reconstruct head and neck defects, it falls short of its goal. Except for an occasional chapter, one cannot learn the techniques from the photographs. However, if the book is intended for experts in the field, it is probably not needed. In reality, it seems to serve as an atlas of preoperative
ROBSON MC. Regional Flaps of the Head and Neck. Arch Surg. 1978;113(3):343-344. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370150115032