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August 1973

The Unfavorable Result in Plastic Surgery: Avoidance and Treatment.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(2):349. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350200209045

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This most necessary book, with chapters written by 54 authors, covers every branch of plastic surgery and brings the reader down out of the rosy clouds with which so much of the literature is surfeited to the pitfalls which await surgeon and patient alike in the hard world of reality. No aspect, no branch, no operation, no surgeon, no patient is immune from the unwanted and unexpected result.

Section 1 contains chapters on the booby-traps which await one in local and regional anesthesia, flaps, grafting, scar revisions and formation, use of implants, and in dressings, splints, and casts. In the second section, the reader is piloted through the surgery of some of the common congenital anomalies, facial injuries, and head and neck cancer. The third section is, rightfully, the longest one as it describes the multitude of problems that can arise in the many fine aesthetic operations. Section 4 examines

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