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Books, Journals, New Media
April 13, 2005

Plastic Surgery History

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(14):1798-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.293.14.1798-a

Current opinion about plastic surgeons seems influenced more by television shows like Extreme Makeover and The Swan than by the substantial reconstructive and functional surgery performed by a majority of plastic surgeons in their practices. Furthermore, it is surprising to many that plastic surgery is not a new specialty focusing just on cosmetic procedures but rather a well-established discipline whose roots go back hundreds of years.

A Plastic Story: A Short History of Plastic Surgery attempts to explore this history and highlight the contributions of various scientists, anatomists, and early surgeons to what became known as plastic surgery in the 20th century. This 52-minute video is well-produced and has commentary by numerous renowned plastic surgeons, who provide insight into the chronological narrative of milestones and achievements in the specialty.

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