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March 28, 1980

Plastic Surgery of the Abdomen

JAMA. 1980;243(12):1281. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300380053029

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The impetus for this volume stems from the considerable clinical experience of the two authors who have accumulated a personal series of more than 300 abdominoplasties and thus can speak with authority. The monograph is divided into 12 brief chapters. Chapters on blood supply to the abdominal wall, mechanical properties and aging of the abdominal wall, operative technique, and complications of the operations are especially informative. In some, original material is presented. The chapters on review of operative techniques, classification of lesions of the abdominal wall, and anesthetic problems contribute marginally to the overall worth.

The monograph could be improved by better and more extensive use of photographs and a less pedantic translation.

The overall presentation of the material is above average but falls short of being excellent.