Following Professor Cheney’s first popular publication in 1995 on flaps and reconstruction and subsequent second edition, he has now co-edited with Tessa Hadlock a comprehensive two-volume production. They have put together an extensive range of plastic and reconstructive surgery in 1150 pages by a constellation of international experts from otolaryngology, facial plastic, ophthalmic and maxillo-facial surgery.

Volume one starts off with a section on general principles covering anatomy, proportions, wound healing, principles of flaps and facial ageing. Part two comprehensively deals with reconstruction and aesthetic aspects of the scalp, face, nose and ear. Latest techniques are described in detail with generous illustrations.

Volume two includes the bony facial skeleton injuries and reconstruction. Challenges of the facial skin surgery covering local flap reconstruction, scar revision and cutaneous neoplasms are also described and nicely illustrated. The last two parts deal with congenital craniofacial syndromes, vascular anomalies and cutting edge topics like facial transplantation and tissue engineering.

This is a treasure trove of modern techniques very well illustrated and supported by four DVDs containing surgical videos. Like most books published currently the paper version comes with an e-version, which can be stored on a variety of electronic devices. A very useful book which would be a popular addition to a departmental library or for the specialist surgeon.

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M Shahed Quraishi (Prof) OBE

FRCS(ORL, H&N) Doncaster Royal Infirmary, UK; Director ENT Masterclass®.

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