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Recent developments have shown, I believe, very clearly, that in the light of modern surgical methods we have not been living up to our privilege in our operations upon the surface of the body. The wonderful field which antiseptic and aseptic methods have opened up to the operator within the cavities of the body has so occupied the attention of the aggressive surgeon, that surface surgery has to a considerable extent been neglected.
This I believe to be due, partially at least, to the unwarranted warning which came to us from high authority soon after the advent of antiseptics, that they could not be used in plastic surgery, or at least in grafting, and further, that local anesthetics, such as cocain, were inadmissible. If this were true, we might be excused for accepting it and contenting ourselves with the infinitesimal groat of skin which we have been wont to plant
EPLEY FW. PLASTIC SURGERY. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(24):1159–1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430760011002c
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