Modern surgery is so vast a subject that no man can master it in all its branches. For this reason it has been necessary from time to time to separate, from general surgery, special branches which demanded special training, and better facilities for their full development. After a number of years' experience in plastic surgery I feel that the time has come for the separation of this branch from the general surgical tree.
The object of this paper is to advocate the special development and teaching of plastic and reconstructive surgery by those interested in it and trained for it.
I have heard many busy general surgeons say, "I do not like to do plastic cases, as they take too much time and require so much attention." These men will welcome the advent of the surgeon who is willing to devote his time to plastic work.
By plastic and reconstructive
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