To be asked to review a book edited by the editor of the journal asking for the review, as well as other members of the editorial board, is an intriguing opportunity. It is also interesting to review a multiauthor textbook I have not been asked to write the chapter on botulinum toxin (more on that later).
The title of this book, Atlas of Cosmetic Surgery, implies that this is a comprehensive "how to" text covering the entire field of cosmetic surgery, and the editors/authors have certainly accomplished this aim. In addition, the editors have recognized that this field is multidisciplinary with no one specialty having ownership. Recent advances by dermatologists in the understanding of the processes of aging and the development of dramatic new techniques justifiably gives dermatologists a prominent position in this atlas. The omission of any plastic surgeons from the list of contributors is more controversial. Similarly, the chapter on the history of cosmetic surgery is largely the history of the specialty of plastic surgery and secondarily that of cosmetic surgery.
Alastair Carruthers. Atlas of Cosmetic Surgery. Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(7):986. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.7.986