The developments in plastic surgery during the year have been more in the direction of extending the field than in the introduction of new methods. This was to be expected. In this, as in other branches of surgery, the progress has followed a definite order. First was the occasional application of the method to a particular area, in this instance the faciomaxillary. With increase of familiarity, the recourse became something more than occasional. Then followed recognition of the specialty by hospitals and universities, and from this, in turn, a standardization of procedures. Finally, it became obvious, in practice, that the principles involved could be given a considerably wider extension, especially at the hands of those accustomed to the work.
When the subject was taken up seriously by the hospitals, the first and most natural development was on the clinical side. Inevitably, as the clinics grew in importance, the
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