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Any surgeon who is confronted by problems of deformity or absence of the auricular appendage will find this symposium fascinating and extremely helpful in relationship to a variety of surgical solutions. When multiple authors are involved, the published results of any symposium can tend to lack cohesiveness; in this case, however, the editors have done a skillful job of organizing this information. This book should be considered a definitive work on this subject.
Section 1, a discussion of anatomy, embryology, and classification, is somewhat tedious but perhaps necessarily so. A well-illustrated chapter of associated deformities is followed by a chapter on growth studies. Section 2 compares various recognized forms of treatment for microtia, and here the discussion that is included in question and answer form in its entirety is often more revealing than the prepared presentation. The majority of authors and discussors tend to favor autogenous cartilage for ear reconstruction