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The skin represents the first line of defense of the body against environment, even against many insults disguised and basking in the aura of the word "surgery." In the first part of this book, entitled Cold Steel Surgery, the author states that it is doubtful if "do-it-yourself kits" will attain popularity for surgical procedures. Since we deal with health and life, the more important scalptl surgery should be performed by surgeons. Since, however, minor surgery and destruction in situ will be performed in other specialties, insight into principles on which success depends should be understood by all. To this end, Dr. Epstein's book should serve a useful purpose. Basic principles of general surgery and general principles of reconstructive surgery are outlined in the chapters prepared by surgeons. They discuss some of the more major excisions, restorations, and replacement of tissue loss by skin grafting. One thing that will offend many
Skin Surgery. JAMA. 1956;161(8):767. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970080097032
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