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May 16, 1977

Symposium on Microsurgery

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston

JAMA. 1977;237(20):2236. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270470072036

Since the 18 authors are primarily plastic and reconstructive surgeons, this book deals chiefly with microsurgical approaches to technical and clinical problems in replantation and reconstruction surgery. Appropriate microsurgical application to the fields of neurosurgery, free bone transfer, and otorhinolaryngologic, urologic, ophthalmic, and gastrointestinal surgery are not discussed.

In part 1, the introductory chapter gives a sensitive description of the development of microsurgery and imparts a real feeling for the infancy of the subject. Succeeding chapters deal with technical aspects of microvascular anastomoses and problems related to maintaining patency and blood flow in the microcirculation. Several contributions review clinical donor sites for free flap and free neurovascular tissue transfers, and also the pitfalls in this type of surgery, based on each author's extensive personal experience.

Part 2, devoted to upper extremity replantation, contains a wealth of information. Yet of the 44 pages given to this subject, only two pages concentrate