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May 11, 1935

Sculpture in the Living: Rebuilding the Face and Form by Plastic Surgery

JAMA. 1935;104(19):1772. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760190092026

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This interesting little book is concerned chiefly with the social and esthetic aspects of deformities, principally those of the face. It is an attempt to acquaint the physician and through him the layman with the possibilities of the legitimate practice of plastic surgery. Much of the space is given over to a discussion of the psychic and legal aspects of facial deformities, real or fancied. The history of this interesting art is briefly sketched and there is a fair description of the anatomy and physiology of the structures involved. Numerous blemishes and other deviations from normal are mentioned and the treatment is indicated. So far as technic is concerned, the book is superficial. One could hardly expect a work of this size to devote much space to the actual details of the operative procedures. Surgeons desiring information on this phase of the subject will have to seek elsewhere. Maliniak's book

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