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September 7, 1964

Principles and Practice of Plastic Surgery

JAMA. 1964;189(10):787. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070100081033

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Abstract

Wiederherstellende und plastische Chirurgie: Ein Atlas-Manual für die Praxis. Band III.  By Heinz Gelbke. 320 pp, 208 illus. Georg Thieme Verlag, Postfach 732, Herdweg 63, 7000 Stuttgart 1, West Germany, 1964The senior author of Principles and Practice of Plastic Surgery has always succeeded in presenting the material of plastic surgery in a fashion direct, clear, and understandable. This reviewer has a well-worn copy of Barsky's first book (1938), invaluable to several generations of residents. With the help of two coauthors Barsky has succeeded again.Chapter I, "General Considerations," enumerates several lessons interesting for the general reader and edifying for both the general surgeon and the plastic surgeon. For example, "The repair of the defect must not produce any visible defect equally great... yet in the hands of the uninitiated many attempts at repair have resulted in disfigurement far greater than the original." Or, "A patient undergoing plastic surgery differs

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