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December 23, 1983

Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago

JAMA. 1983;250(24):3342-3343. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340240068040

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The subject is comprehensively treated in an appropriately aesthetic binding and format. In the first part, after introductory sections on philosophy and anatomy, the techniques and results of mammary augmentation, reduction, and revision are photographically illustrated with the aid of clear drawings. The second main topic is reconstruction, also fully illustrated and supplied with technical details of the most commonly used and most recent procedures. The anatomy of musculocutaneous flaps is carefully laid out. The presentation is lavish, using wide spacing for both text and illustrations and reprinting colored pictures so that the reader will not have to turn to another page.

Cosmetic surgery can offer an aesthetically pleasing bust to women who may be deprived by nature or disease, but the task is complex. In addition to the uncertainties of individual judgment as to what is pleasing, the choices among variations of technique cannot be based on scientific evidence