The teaching of esthetic surgery, a rapidly growing subspeciality of plastic surgery, has for a long time been a "hit-or-miss" affair, with trainees undergoing a limited exposure to the sophisticated techniques developed by individual surgeons who frequently are not associated with a formal training program. Consequently, young plastic surgeons entering practice find themselves ill-prepared to deal effectively with an entire field that will occupy much of their professional time. Textbooks of plastic surgery deal in general briefly with esthetic techniques, and are of limited value in developing the expertise necessary to accomplish the most technically demanding aspect of plastic surgery, the improvement in appearance of a basically normal individual.
Dr. Lewis, one of the most distinguished esthetic surgeons in the country, has filled this vacuum very comprehensively in his Atlas of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. All of the common procedures are described in detail, with beautiful line drawings to illustrate the