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Book and Media Reviews
July 23 2008

Color Atlas of Cutaneous Excisions and Repairs Complications in Cutaneous Surgery

JAMA. 2008;300(4):442-446. doi:10.1001/jama.300.4.443-b

As the number of cutaneous surgeries increases in parallel with sun-seeking behavior and an aging population,1 2 new books on cutaneous surgery and its complications will be especially welcomed. The first is the elegant Color Atlas of Cutaneous Excisions and Repairs, appropriately dedicated “To our patients” by the authors. Suturing techniques are duly illustrated in the first chapter. Diagrams and clinical photographs in the second chapter depict simple excision and repair. Flaps and grafts (common subjects for questions on the dermatology board examination) are presented in the third and fourth chapters. The remaining chapters detail surgeries by anatomical region: scalp, forehead and temple, cheek, eyelid, ear, and nose. If readers have never seen a composite graft transferring ear helix to the nasal ala (pp 56-57), a wedge repair of the lower eyelid (p 101), a paramedical forehead flap takedown (p 155), or a mucosal advancement flap of the lower lip (p 167), here is their chance.