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October 1934


Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(4):577-582. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600040133012

Possibly the most suggestive contribution to the recent literature on plastic surgery is that in which Staige Davis,1 in contending that a special branch of surgery has come into existence, outlines the form of organization he considers should be adopted by every great teaching hospital with a view to making the specialty of the highest service to the greatest number. If the teaching bodies, and especially the persons who direct them, can be induced to regard this as the reasoned expression of a sound view based on the experience of Davis, under encouragement received at Johns Hopkins Hospital, much of the hesitation that has been manifest hitherto may disappear. It is not an overstatement that some of the most competent directors of hospitals hesitate to create, or even to recognize, a department devoted to this order of reparative surgery, on the plea that while the capacity of an individual

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