This volume is a brief but comprehensive review of this subject. The author's purpose is to bring up to date all the experimental and clinical data on the repair of skull defects. The immediate stimulus of this work was the advances made in the field of cranioplasty as the result of treatment of a large number of wartime craniocerebral injuries. The author has had extensive experience in this field and was one of the first to use tantalum plate in the repair of skull defect caused by war wounds.
There is a brief historical chapter at the beginning, which gives the status of the subject before 1900. There is a lengthier chapter discussing the types of materials used in cranioplasty since that date. The technics of cranioplasty, indications for use of various corrective materials, complications and results are adequately discussed. One chapter is devoted to illustrative case histories. In the