by T. E. Bucknall and Harold Ellis, 344 pp, $21, London, Bailliere Tindall, 1985.
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Surgical research is full of notorious fads. Subjects wax and wane in popularity like penny-ante OTC (organization for trade cooperation) stocks. Currently, high-energy oxygen moieties and host defense mechanisms are bullish (high beta). Nutrition and branched-chain amino acids have been oversold. Through it all, one blue chip persists in steady value because of its fundamental importance to the industry; this is the study of wound healing. In the United Kingdom, Professor Harold Ellis at Westminster, like his counterpart in San Francisco, Tom Hunt, remains faithful to wound healing, while others flirt and indulge in peccadilloes with younger and more exotic temptations.
This book, written by Professor Ellis and his Senior Registrar, summarizes current knowledge that concerns wound healing. They walk the line with one foot in cellular biology and the other firmly planted in clinical surgery. They do not venture too deeply into either.
The first section on principles of
EISEMAN B. Wound Healing for Surgeons. Arch Surg. 1985;120(11):1325. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390350101026