Newsletter of the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association.
Your Complete Guide to Breast Reduction & Breast Lifts
Polynice, Alain and Aloysius Smith. Addicus Books, 2006. 99p index. ISBN 1-886039-17-8. $21.95
Written by two board-certified plastic surgeons with private practices and academic affiliations, this guide proactively answers prospective questions women may have about breast reductions, lifts and implants. The book is well organized and easy to read, with text containing italicized words defined in a glossary, and key points summarized in side-bars (such as: questions to ask your surgeon on how to prepare for the procedure). Quotes from patients discuss the psychological aspects of life before and after the surgery. The book realistically depicts reasons for having these surgeries, outcomes and recovery times, and risks and complications. The chapter on follow-up care is especially helpful, providing general guidelines on when patients can shower, drive, etc. Before and after photos are clear, showing women of various ages, backgrounds and outcomes. A resource guide is included, although references and print bibliography are not. Also, the 8 ½ x 11 orientation makes the paperback slightly prone to buckling. Nonetheless, this is a comprehensive, practical guide that would benefit women considering or undergoing cosmetic breast surgery.
Cara Helfner, MSLIS. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Kessler Health Education Library. Boston , MA .