April 1983

Clinical Applications for Muscle and Musculocutaneous Flaps

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edited by Stephen J. Mathes and Foad Nahai, 733 pp, 902 illus, $129.50, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1982.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(4):504. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390040108024

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This is a lavish, multiauthored companion volume to a previous text that described the anatomic basis for musculocutaneous flaps. The current book describes the clinical indications and techniques that have so revolutionized modern reconstructive surgery.

The first portion of the text deals with the anatomy, selection, and function of 26 commonly used muscular flaps. Frequent causes of flap failure are described. The major portion of the book describes where muscle and myocutaneous flaps fit in the orderly progression of reconstructive surgery. Innovative uses for each flap are demonstrated, and pitfalls in their use are discussed. The rest of the book describes free tissue transfer, and the fourth and final section discusses both short- and long-term methods for evaluating results.

In criticism, the authors in their enthusiasm describe myocutaneous flap reconstruction where other plastic surgeons might use simpler reconstructive methods. However, in fairness, the objective of the book is to describe

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