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May 1989

Surgical Anatomy of the Skin

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(5):719. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670170135026

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This book is written primarily for dermatology residents who wish to obtain a solid introduction to dermatologic surgery. It is not a primer on surgery, rather it offers an approach that emphasizes aesthetics and the importance of anatomic subcutaneous structures. The text is divided into three sections dealing with surface, classic, and regional anatomy. Each chapter begins with a brief outline of key points that provide a helpful road map for the material that follows.

The first section covers the anatomic organization of the head and neck, with particular emphasis on aesthetics, which the authors believe is of critical importance to the dermatologic surgeon. Using drawings, photographs, and prosections in conjunction with the text, the authors demonstrate the use of surface landmarks to predict the location of underlying structures. Live photographs are placed adjacent to well-labeled diagrams, allowing the reader to easily follow the text and grasp the important points.

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