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November 1943

Reconstructive Surgery of the Eyelids.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;30(5):704. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880230136016

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In this monograph the author presents a comprehensive review of the historical background of plastic surgery of the eyelids. The first chapter, which is devoted to the early development of skin grafting, contains much valuable information and gives the reader a clear conception of the progressive steps through which the reconstructive surgery of the eyelids has passed.

The problem of grafting without a pedicle is then considered in a similar manner, with an interesting résumé of the literature. Two case reports are given to illustrate the technic advocated by Wheeler of the use of a full thickness graft from one eyelid to another. The variations in types of pedicle grafts are discussed, as is the use of split skin grafts. A brief description of the sources of skin used for grafting is included in the chapter devoted to the operative technic, in which the author correctly emphasizes the importance of

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