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March 1972

Cleft Lip and Palate

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(3):285-286. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080427023

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Periodically, there appears in print a book that is destined to become a classic, both as a manual and as a reference work. This is such a book.

The text is divided into five main divisions. The first, "General Aspects of Cleft Lip and Palate" covers the basic science underlying the problem as well as fine discussions on the cleft palate team, psychosocial and cultural aspects, and the history of treatment. This is a well-written introduction to treatment and makes enjoyable reading.

A collection of surgeons of international repute have written the section on "Surgical Aspects of Cleft Lip and Palate." Basic surgical procedures are outlined, interspersed with a series of practical items of information. The discussions are excellent and uniformly well done.

Parts three and four embrace the dental aspects as well as a short treatise on bone grafting the cleft palate. The latter chapter presents this controversial approach

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