Memorial tributes were held in 1961 for Sir Harold Gillies who died in September, 1960.1-3 He was honored posthumously by the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with a special citation for his development of plastic surgery. Sir Harold Gillies was trained as an otolaryngologist and held many consultant appointments in this specialty. During World War I his interest in facial injuries led to the innovation of many original plastic procedures about the head and neck. Various surgical techniques and the independent development of the tubed pedicle flap were described in his monumental treatise Plastic Surgery of the Face published in 1920.4 He will be remembered as one of the "fathers of plastic surgery."
John Peter Mettauer (1787-1875), considered America's first plastic surgeon, is the subject of a well-documented essay5 in which the difficulties encountered in surgical repair during those early years are movingly described. Dr.
BECKER OJ. Otolaryngologic Plastic Surgery, 1961. Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(5):469–475. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050481015