Drs Stegman, Tromovitch, and Glogau have written a complete and informative manual of dermatologic surgery. As the authors state in their preface, this manual is written for the physician who performs minor office cutaneous surgery who has not had extensive training through a surgery residency. As such, it is an excellent text covering the basics of cutaneous surgery not only for the beginning resident, but for the practicing physician as well.
The manual is loose leafed and soft covered with plastic ringed binding for convenient handling. It is divided into 16 chapters covering the wide range of dermatologic surgery.
The introductory chapters cover facilities and equipment, sterilization and preoperative preparation, anesthesia, and hemostasis. Here the authors' personal preferences in regard to equipment selection and use of instruments are useful. Comparative benefits of various instruments are also discussed. The chapter on anesthesia is well done, with discussions of technique, comparative benefits