Plastic surgery of the face has been the object of a great deal of attention during the last few years, chiefly as a result of numerous war injuries of this region. Indeed, among the laity, it is popularly believed that the art is something entirely new, brought out by the world war. It might be of interest to examine the present state of development of this branch of surgery, to survey the efforts of some of the past workers, and to note in what respects progress has been made in recent years. Examination of the literature reveals that from the time of the Italian Tagliacozzi, in the latter half of the sixteenth century, until 1816, when Carpue, in England, published his work on the Indian method of rhinoplasty, reconstructive surgery of the face received very little attention. Rigaud 1 credits Carpue with resurrecting the art, which almost immediately made enormous
IVY RH. REPAIR OF ACQUIRED DEFECTS OF THE FACE. JAMA. 1925;84(3):181–185. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660290025011
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