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May/Jun 2010

Leslie G. FarkasPioneer of Modern Craniofacial Anthropometry

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Orthodontics, St George's Hospital Medical School and Kingston Hospital, London, England.

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010;12(3):141-142. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2010.29

Leslie Gabriel Farkas, MD (1915-2008) (Figure), may be described as the pioneer of modern craniofacial anthropometry. His lifelong devotion to research in craniofacial anthropometry generated a detailed body of work over nearly half a century that represents a major contribution to our understanding of the craniofacial complex.

Leslie Farkas was born on April 18, 1915, in Rózsahegy, Hungary (present day Slovakia). He graduated from medical school in 1941 and served as a military doctor in World War II. Following the war, he moved to Prague where he became a member of the plastic surgery team at Charles University. His interest in craniofacial morphology began during his period in Prague. Early in his surgical career, he became dissatisfied with the determination of the morphologic changes in the head and face by visual assessment, and so he began to explore the use of classical anthropometric methods for the quantitative analysis of faces preoperatively and postoperatively. He collaborated with anthropologist Professor Karel Hajniš to develop an empirical system of facial measurements to analyze the faces of patients with cleft deformities and facial deformities due to trauma.

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