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January 22, 1982

The Patient and the Plastic Surgeon

JAMA. 1982;247(4):523-524. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320290059039

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This unillustrated monograph is an unusual book. It deals with the ethics and pitfalls of plastic surgery, how to interview, and how to deal with patients' problems in the most humanistic manner. In the preface the author clearly addresses himself to the plastic surgeon, but much of the book deals with what should be patently obvious and common knowledge to one fully trained in this field. Because of its clear writing and irrefutable truths, it could perhaps be used more profitably by physicians referring patients to plastic surgeons, or by medical students and hospital nurses regularly dealing with plastic surgery patients.

Dr Goldwyn is editor of the superb journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as author of numerous fine books in the field of plastic surgery. He is obviously a seasoned and highly skilled medical author. In this book, however, he is sometimes lyrical, frequently pontificates, resorts regularly to