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May 1935

CHICAGO LARYNGOLOGICAL AND OTOLOGICAL SOCIETYRegular Monthly Meeting, Jan. 7, 1935

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(5):615-630. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020629016

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Abstract

SOME PROBLEMS IN PLASTIC SURGICAL OPERATIONS ABOUT THE HEAD AND NECK, WITH BRIEF PRESENTATION OF CASES. DR. JOSEPH C. BECK.

In 1908 I presented before the American Triological Society a series of cases in which plastic surgical operations had been done. Most of the operations were major reconstructions, although there were a few performed for cosmetic purposes. In my paper I asked for a frank discussion as to whether this type of surgical operation is proper for our specialty because I had heard that some men considered it questionable or on the borderline of unethical. At that time I expressed opinions similar to Sir Harold Gillis' recent utterances.

Since 1908, I have in many instances refused to do cosmetic operations, thus falling into that group of surgeons which Gillis criticizes. However, I have done a fair number of reductions and building up of parts about the head and neck

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