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June 22, 1957

The Principles and Art of Plastic Surgery. Volumes I and II

JAMA. 1957;164(8):937. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980080107031

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This new textbook is a dramatic departure from the routine academic type. It reads like a fairy tale. It is exciting to the point that one can hardly put it down. It is narrated by a man who had a liberal training in the use of the English language. He tells the exciting story of his pioneering in the field of plastic surgery. One's interest is captivated by tales of how he spent his leisure time. Although hundreds of illustrations are presented, the accompanying narration is always found on the same page as the picture being discussed.

The first chapter tells of Gillies' interest in and approach to the field of plastic surgery in World War I. With a few basic principles from which to start, by his personal ingenuity, he expanded the field to the point where many other reconstructive problems were solved. Very few of these 40-year-old contributions

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