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The international symposium entitled "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Head and Neck" is conducted every four years. The symposium attempts to exchange and pool information from well-known and respected authorities of many countries and multiple specialties (eg, ophthalmology, general plastic surgery, otolaryngology, general surgery, oral surgery, and others). Volume 1 is limited to the discussion of aesthetic surgery, and 47 of the more important papers presented at the Third International Symposium have been selected for publication. Volume 2, which is still in press, will discuss rehabilitative surgery. I enjoyed this volume and found interesting ideas in most of the papers. The following are a few examples.
Claus Walter, MD, of Germany uses a Z-plasty incision to close cleft palates, with resulting increase in the length of the palate. Marc Karlan, MD, and colleagues have modified the low maxillary osteotomy for advancement of retromaxillism by including the nasal cartilaginous septum
WRIGHT WK. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Head and Neck: Third International Symposium. Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(12):809. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790600053017
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