Current opinion about plastic surgeons seems influenced more by television
shows like Extreme Makeover and The Swan than by the substantial reconstructive and functional surgery
performed by a majority of plastic surgeons in their practices. Furthermore,
it is surprising to many that plastic surgery is not a new specialty focusing
just on cosmetic procedures but rather a well-established discipline whose
roots go back hundreds of years.
A Plastic Story: A Short History of Plastic Surgery attempts to explore this history and highlight the contributions of
various scientists, anatomists, and early surgeons to what became known as plastic surgery in the 20th century. This 52-minute video
is well-produced and has commentary by numerous renowned plastic surgeons,
who provide insight into the chronological narrative of milestones and achievements
in the specialty.
Gutowski KA. Plastic Surgery History. JAMA. 2005;293(14):1798–1802. doi:10.1001/jama.293.14.1798-a
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