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May 1964

Faces From the Fire: The Biography of Sir Archibald McIndoe.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):785-786. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110165039

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Many years ago, when I was at the Mayo Clinic, I often had as a merry guest in my home an unusually charming and able young New Zealander, named Archie McIndoe. He made such a good record at the Clinic that he soon wound up on the permanent staff. But after a while he and his wife, Adonia, pulled out and went to London.

Here before me lies his very interesting biography, written very well and interestingly by Leonard Mosley, an able writer of much experience. The book is called Faces From the Fire, because Sir Archie, for years after World War II, spent much of his time rebuilding, or making new faces, for the many fighter-pilots who, when shot down in flames, suffered terrible burns from forehead to chin. Often it took 50 operations, several hospitalizations, and several years to put a good face back on one of these

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