This monograph by Harold Stearns Vaughan presents a condensed yet thorough review of an all-important field of plastic surgery. The early chapters, on the anatomy and embryologic development of these congenital defects, are brief but to the point; the subject matter is well supported by numerous illustrations. The discussion of the surgical management of these conditions includes short descriptions of most of the conventional operations, together with a more extensive presentation of the author's favored procedures. The chapter on reconstruction of the lip is particularly fine; the material is evidence of a thorough mastery of this field of surgery and is presented in a manner which even the uninitiated should understand. It might have been well, however, to sound a warning to the casual operator in this field, lest he be tempted to substitute one of these excellent drawings for experience.
In his preface Dr. Vaughan states that his book