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January 1968

Repair and Reconstruction in the Orbital Region.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(1):118. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040120022

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Recently, there have been a number of new or revised texts dealing with ophthalmic plastic surgery. The newest and one of the best is Repair and Reconstruction in the Orbital Region by John Clark Mustardé. The author has had training and broad experience in both ophthalmic and plastic surgery. This is a complete, well written, clearly illustrated compilation of accepted techniques augmented and frequently modified by the author's considerable experience in this field. The bibliography is scant by design but pertinent and, for the most part, up to date. Of particular interest are the sections dealing with grafts and flaps (especially the forehead flap), socket reconstruction and surgery of the lacrimal system.

Many ophthalmic plastic surgeons writing today decry the use of the halving procedure to prevent notching in lid repair. The author subscribes to this view maintaining there is no need to sacrifice normal tissue when repairing lid defects.

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