Owing to the war, many foreign publications were not available for abstracting. A marked increase in articles on military surgery was noted; the literature in this field pertaining to plastic surgery is included in this review.
Outstanding achievements during the year were the further development of sulfanilamide and its derivatives for use in the prevention and treatment of wound infections, the introduction of a noncapillary, non-irritating suture material made of synthetic plastics, the demonstration of the feasibility of using large calibrated skin grafts cut with the dermatome and the acceptance on a practical clinical basis of the use of preserved cartilage for implants to restore facial and nasal contours.
The literature on plastic surgery for 1940 can be conveniently grouped under five headings: (1) results of clinical and laboratory research—general principles; (2) plastic operations on the face; (3) plastic operations on the nose; (4) plastic operations on the ears; (5)
IVY RH, MILLER HA. PLASTIC SURGERY, 1940. Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(1):179–192. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660040189021