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July 1978

Biological Aspects of Reconstructive Surgery,

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(7):1294. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060102033

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This book presents the basic sciences of plastic and reconstructive surgery and is directed toward students of general plastic and reconstructive surgery. Its application to general ophthalmologists is limited. The book begins with a review of genetics and embryology followed by a section on metabolism and circulation. The next section discusses bacterial, chemical, and physical injuries to the body and a fourth section is concerned with benign and malignant neoplasms of the skin. The fifth section includes chapters on flap design and surgical geometry. Particularly of interest to the ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon is chapter sixteen on "Tissue Dynamics and Surgical Geometry" by Mark Gorney. While this information can be found elsewhere, it is well presented and worth reading. This sixth section is involved with tissue transplantation and the book concludes with a chapter on the healing process in various tissues.

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