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May 30, 1977

Symposium on Basic Science in Plastic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Massachusetts General Hospital Boston

JAMA. 1977;237(22):2425. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270490065037

Basic Science in Plastic Surgery is the 15th in a series of symposia sponsored and published by the Foundation of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. The presentations are serious and thoughtprovoking and difficult to summarize in a brief review, but the book can serve as a ready reference source for those interested in the important relationship of the basic sciences to clinical plastic surgery.

The editors describe plastic surgery as a "complex blend of art and science" and conceive the symposium as an effort to "bridge the science and the art." The participants are young, thoughtful, enthusiastic, and active in their respective departments of surgery. The report comprises six sections with several subchapters in each.

In the first section, on basic principles, the authors scrutinize the methods of scientific experimentation, the selection of the appropriate subject, whether it be human or a lower animal, the uncertain value