|Microsurgery: Transplantation and Replantation by Harry J. Buncke, MD, et al.|
Although 33 authors have contributed to the 45 chapters in this text, the book differs from similar publications in that all but eight chapters were developed by past and present fellows of the Department of Microsurgical Replantation and Transplantation in the Davies Medical Center, or by members of the staff of the hospital. This text, therefore, represents our experience over the past 20 years from the first successful microvascular transplant to the present, when two to three microvascular transplants and as many or more replants are
performed weekly. The idea of the book was conceived by the senior author and the publisher, Lea & Febiger, in 1979. The authors expanded to two and then three, then four, and on and on
as the field of microsurgery burgeoned.
The book reached the final stages on several occasions, but publication was delayed for various reasons, including the recognition and use of new donor tissues and changes in printing techniques. Though costly, these delays have permitted us to update the manuscript continually, so that in reality this first edition represents the fourth or fifth.
Distinguished outside authors were asked to contribute because of their original achievements to the field of microsurgery. They and their contributions are listed as follows:
Dr. Ian Taylor, "Deep Circumflex Iliac Osteocutaneous Graft (The Deep Hip)"
Dr. Susumu Tamai, "Vascularized Muscle Transplantation"
Dr. John D. Franklin, "The Deltoid Flap"
Dr. William W. Shaw, "Superior Gluteal Free Flap for Breast Reconstruction"
Dr. Robert Acland, "The Lateral Upper Arm Flap"
Dr. Jean Pillet, "Aesthetic Prostheses."
Other authors were approached because of their unique experience in a particular area of microsurgical reconstruction, including Dr. Michel Merle and Dr. Jaques Michon for brachial plexus surgery, and Drs. Braga, Galvao, and Wance from Brazil, for esophageal reconstruction by jejunal transplantation.
This book is divided into three sections: I. Transplantation II. Replantation III. Pre- and Postoperative Considerations
Anatomic plates depict the dissection of each donor area, and clinical cases are used liberally to illustrate use of each transplant in various areas of the body and for various clinical problems. A detailed index is provided so that the reader can cross-reference clinical problems with various solutions.
The author and associates hope that this documentation of our experience in a longstanding microsurgical transplantation-replantation center presents the state of the art as we see it at this time. Although other donor areas have been successfully used by others, we have described those that we have found in our experience to be the most useful and dependable.
HARRY J. BUNCKE, M.D.