Published in 2003 with co-authors Dr. Peter Ward-Booth (United Kingdom) and Dr. Rainer Schmelzeisen (Germany), Dr. Eppley co-authored this now classic textbook entitled Maxillofacial Trauma and Esthetic Reconstruction. In a single volume, the comprehensive topic of the management of bone and soft tissue injuries to the face was done in just over 650 pages with 33 chapters and more than 500 color illustrations.
Bone and soft tissue facial trauma is one of the three major areas in the field of maxillofacial surgery. Having its origins in World War I and II from the last century where many facial injuries occurred, the need for specialized surgery methods for facial reconstruction began. It has now evolved into very sophisticated technologies for bone fixation and movement (plates and screws) as well as replacement of missing soft tissues. (pedicled and free flap transfers) The ‘high-rent’ district of the face allows the need for numerous medical specialities to participate including ophthalmology, neurosurgery, radiology, and dentistry in addition to the classic three surgical specialities of maxillofacial, plastic and otolaryngologic surgery. This book does an excellent job of bringing the knowledge base of all such disciplines together in a single concise volume.
One of the real strong points and emphasis in the book is what most facial trauma books historically lack, reconstruction of secondary facial defects. Despite the best surgical techniques and equipment, not all facial trauma patients end up with perfect results. Beyond simple lacerations and isolated bone fractures, the injury pattern of many facial trauma patients is complex and the best outcome will usually defy a single surgical effort. From scar revisions to occlusal discrepancies to soft tissue deficiences, secondary reconstruction of facial trauma is not rare and the book spends about as much time on those topics as that of primary repair.
This book is now undergoing a 2nd edition which should be forthcoming in the fall of 2011.