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June 8, 1935


Author Affiliations

From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1935;104(23):2076-2077. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230024007

The homoplastic transplantation of skin, in other words, the transference of skin from one individual to another, is a procedure about which there is much controversy. The subject receives such apparently favorable publicity that most laymen and likewise many physicians assume that the homoplastic transplanting of skin is a successful procedure, another accomplishment of modern science. The fact is that practically all recent scientific observation has proved that the homoplastic skin graft is unsuccessful.

These rather disconcerting statements deserve an explanation which we hope to give after reviewing a few salient facts. Practically speaking, skin grafting of any type was first accepted as a surgical procedure in 1869 after Reverdin1 had reported his success with "pinch grafts." Following this, the various types of split skin and whole thickness skin grafts were described by Ollier, Thiersch, Wolfe and Krause. Along with the numerous reports of success with autoplastic transplants of

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