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Book and Multimedia Reviews
January 2002

The Unfavorable Result in Plastic Surgery: Avoidance and Treatment, 3rd ed

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2002;4(1):56. doi:

edited by Robert M. Goldwin and Mimis N. Cohen, 1212 pp, $239, ISBN 0-781-7181-98, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, Pa, 2001.

With the new millennium comes an update (16 years years after the last edition and 28 after the first) to the only comprehensive text describing the unpleasant reality of complications resulting from plastic and reconstructive surgery.

This well-organized text is divided into sections such as "Legal Issues," "General Problems," "Head & Neck," and "Cosmetic Surgery." Highlighting this text are chapters written by well-known experts in various fields, including Burton Brent (auricular reconstruction), Paul Manson (facial fractures), and Mark Constantian (closed rhinoplasty), to name a few. Furthermore, each chapter is followed by a discussion, written by another experienced surgeon in the field. This refreshing approach provides a review, highlight, and counterpoint to each chapter that adds to the value of the textbook.