On looking over the literature pertaining to plastic surgery of the face, one is struck by the fact that a great deal has been written on that subject, especially since 1914. Many and various are the papers about the reconstruction of almost any part of the face except the chin. About this phase of reconstruction, I believe less has been published than about any other. This strikes me as being rather peculiar. The chin is a very important feature of the face, and because it is a prominent feature it is more exposed to injury than any other part except, perhaps, the nose.
Certainly, cases of injury to the chin, resulting in its partial or total destruction, were seen very frequently in France, so that opportunity for chin reconstruction must have arisen; but why the dearth of publications and case reports? It is well known that there exist publications offering
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