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January 15, 1968

JAMA 75 Years Ago

JAMA. 1968;203(3):234. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140030066025

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To the Editor:—  In the Journal's reprintings from 75 years ago two recent issues have recounted procedures which today would fall under the heading of plastic surgery. The first was "Cosmetic Surgery of the Nose" from Aug 20, 1892, and reprinted in the Aug 21, 1967, issue. The second, on the topic of Thiersch's grafts from Sept 10,1892, was reprinted in the Sept 11, 1967, issue.Each of these was written originally in the first person, and it was difficult to understand why the authors' names were not given when reprinted. From a visit to the library I found that the first had been written by John B. Roberts, MD, of Philadelphia, one of the leading general surgeons of the day, with a special interest in correction of deformities of the face. I succeeded Dr. Roberts as professor of maxillary surgery at the Philadelphia Polyclinic, in 1920. This hospital later