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August 1980

Techniques in Skin Surgery

Author Affiliations

Westlake Village, Calif


by Ervin Epstein and Ervin Epstein, Jr, 203 pp, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(8):1004. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380080094025

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This is a concise, easy-to-read, and easy-to-comprehend collection of essays that cover a large variety of dermatologic conditions and surgical treatments of diseased skin. An added advantage of this book is that it reviews other important and pertinent subject matter, such as the use of local anesthetics, the effectiveness of various topical skin cleansers, and sur gical preparations. It even discusses the treatment of cardiopulmonary emergencies.

Although the contributors are mainly from departments of dermatology, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, and thoracic surgeons have been used to create this "how-to-do-it" workbook. Its strength lies in the accurate presentation of a wide variety of dermatologic conditions and treatments in an up-to-date, concise, and detailed fashion. Its weakness is that it encourages office surgery practices and reconstructive surgical modalities. From the point of view of someone in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, these aspects are dangerously beyond the scope of practicing

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