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December 14, 1957

ROLE OF THE PLASTIC SURGEON IN MANAGEMENT OF THE SEVERELY INJURED PATIENT

JAMA. 1957;165(15):1922-1923. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980330024006
Abstract

The severely injured patient with extensive lacerations on the face should receive thorough general treatment before any specialized maneuvers are considered. The use of antibacterial drugs and more careful wound management prior to surgery have made it possible to carry out definitive procedures for soft tissue injury as long as a week after injury without serious sequelae. It is an error for a surgeon who repairs facial laceration to assume that plastic revision will be necessary in the future. Meticulous attention to detail should be part of the initial operation.

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