The first in a series of symposia devoted to an in-depth study of aesthetic surgery is concerned with three anatomic areas, the breast, face, and eyelids. There has been no attempt to detail all the methods of surgical management; as the senior editor says, the book tries to present accepted standards and time-proved procedures that the plastic surgeon can use like building blocks in constructing his own approach to this particular area.
The more than three dozen authors have done just that. Much of the technical material will, of course, find a limited audience. On the other hand, several chapters should interest the general medical reader. For example, chapter 1 discusses "Psychological Aspects of Aesthetic Surgery" in a brief, concise manner, adding a complete bibliography of enticing publications on the subject. Historical chapters on surgery of the aging face, neck, and eyelid, and on mammoplasty will prove equally interesting.