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July 1939


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1939;30(1):99-114. doi:10.1001/archotol.1939.00650060107011

Plastic surgery has its roots in general surgical practice and is modified to meet local needs in various parts of the body. Its literature originates in several main channels, particularly general surgery, military surgery, and ophthalmologic, otolaryngologic and oral surgery. This summary is based on the literature of 1938 derived from these sources, arranged under topical or regional anatomic headings.

SCOPE OF, INDICATIONS FOR AND LIMITATIONS OF PLASTIC SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS  Straith and DeKleinel studied the role of plastic operations on childen particularly from a psychologic point of view. Congenital defects such as harelip, cleft palate, lop ears and webbed fingers and various acquired deformities not only carry with them functional disabilities and cosmetic peculiarities but may have a retarding and deleterious effect on the child's mental and social development. These considerations suggest that plastic correction should be undertaken as soon as it is possible in children.Wodak2 contributes a detailed

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