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September 1984

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Non-White Patients

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San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(9):1247. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650450129046

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As Richard C. Webster, MD, points out in the introduction to this book, there are vast numbers of non-white persons who deserve and soon will demand the best possible care for reconstruction after trauma and surgery, treatment of congenital malformations, and for aesthetic surgery. The time is right for us to recognize that physical differences among the races involve a great deal more than the mere type and amount of pigment in the skin.

The proceedings of the National Medical Association Plastic Surgery Seminar, which spawned this book, laudably included physicians from many disciplines and covered the subject historically, geographically, psychologically, anatomically, and surgically. On the surface, the book discusses many subjects, but in reality it only raises many questions and sensitizes us to much more detailed and comprehensive information that must follow.

The book is physically of the modern style, which I suspect we will all come to accept.

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