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February 17, 1999

Operation Smile Volunteers Travel Far to Transform Lives

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JAMA. 1999;281(7):597-598. doi:10.1001/jama.281.7.597-JMN0217-2-1

A child's smile can gladden anyone's heart—or break it, if smiling is impeded by congenital facial deformities.

Plastic surgeon William P. Magee, Jr, MD, decided 18 years ago to do something about the emotional starvation, social isolation, and debilitating or life-threatening medical complications that often affect children with such disfiguring anomalies.

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