A consequence of specialization of any sort is the inevitable loss of contact with basic principles and knowledge. To narrow this unfortunate gap, the Educational Foundation of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, in April of 1975, sponsored a symposium, from which this book is derived.
General topics considered were the experimental method, infection, wound healing, transplantation, biology, the fate of transplanted tissues, and pedicle flaps. This book is not meant to be a text of basic science relative to plastic surgery. A symposium rarely lends itself to an orderly progression of information. The informal give-and-take that characterizes an excellent symposium may detract from the format and readability of the proceedings of that symposium.
This volume, however, contains many excellent chapters on, for example, collagen structure and metabolism; influence of mechanical forces on burns; scar contracture and hypertrophy; grafts of mucous membrane; dermis fat; cartilage and bone; the