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October 7, 1950

The Surgical Treatment of Facial Injuries

JAMA. 1950;144(6):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060066026

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This volume is an extensive modern treatise on plastic surgery of the face, mouth and jaws. Ten chapters are devoted to the management of acute injuries and 10 to reconstructive surgery. The five remaining chapters consist of supporting material on anatomic and developmental studies of the facial structures, wound healing, operative technic, prosthetics and anesthetic management.

The senior author originated many new technics during his service in World War I. Indeed, in the treatment of wounds he was in advance of his time. Among his contributions were early débridement with delayed primary closure of facial wounds and immediate use of dental prostheses to prevent contracture of soft tissue pending definitive repair. The junior author continued their work in World War II, and this magnificent array of case studies forms the basis for their methods with supplementary material from a large civilian practice. The ingenious employment of mechanical aids for maintaining

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