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August 25, 1956

Fractures of the Facial Skeleton

JAMA. 1956;161(17):1716. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970170112032

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This is a comprehensive, well-written, and readable textbook compiled by two British oral surgeons. The first two parts deal with the classification, applied anatomy, treatment, and complications of facial fractures and are based on a survey of 500 consecutive peace-time accidents. The authors direct attention to the combined surgical-dental approach to the severe maxillofacial injury. Most American plastic surgeons would not concur with the authors in the management of some of their cases, particularly in the use of external head-cap and traction devices. Although part 3 has sections written by two noted British plastic surgeons, Sir Harold Gillies and Mr. Patrick Clarkson, their contributions are superfluous in such a book. Their material on gunshot wounds of the face and late restorative plastic procedures should be relegated to a military manual or a textbook on reconstructive surgery and should not be included in the treatment of jaw fractures. The book is

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