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December 1974

Rehabilitation of the Facially Disfigured

Author Affiliations
Washington, DC

by J. J. Longacre, 124 pp, $14.75, Charles C Thomas, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(6):1139. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320240173037

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This monograph presents the author's personal experience with facially mutilated patients during a period of more than 30 years. It includes material on theoretical esthetics contributed by Michel J. Seghrens, MD, which is not really integrated with the remainder of the book. It contains a subjective personal narrative by a patient who is also a prominent psychologist and a chapter by the same psychologist reprinting her article "The Index of Ego Coding for Assessing Level of Ego Functioning Based on Homeostatic Principles."

It is difficult to pinpoint the readers to whom this book is directed. The main points that Longacre has distilled from his considerable experience must be considered assumptions from a strictly scientific point of view, illustrated but not really documented by the numerous photographs and drawings. It seems unlikely that either practicing plastic surgeons or psychologists will find fresh clinical insights here. The primary-care physician will find that

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