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March 1972

Atlas for Surgical Repair of Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate and Noncleft Velopharyngeal Incompetence

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(3):285. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080427022

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To those surgeons who work with some degree of frequency with the cleft lip, cleft palate problem, this book contributes little. The book should be of value, however, to the practitioner who is interested in a concise survey of the more common procedures in use today. There is a series of rather nice drawings with an outline form approach to the surgical procedure. The avowed objective of presenting an "overview of the merits of the technique" fails rather badly.

The statement on the jacket that the atlas is "useful to general surgeons, plastic surgeons, and otolaryngologists both in practice and training" leaves one with a most unpleasant inference. The pitfalls in this area are so numerous, I would hope that after reviewing the publication the inexperienced surgeon would not be tempted to try one.

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