Plastic and reconstructive surgery will be extended in its applications by the development of a skin grafting knife by Padgett for the precision cutting of large calibrated skin grafts and by the researches of O'Connor proving the feasibility of using stored refrigerated human cartilage as grafts.
The educational and professional requirements for designation as a specialist in this branch of surgery are being formulated by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Recommendations concerning preliminary training have been made to the young physicians wishing advice as to the best way to approach the specialized studies. Examinations leading to certification by the board will be undertaken soon.
The literature in plastic surgery for 1939 has been divided according to the following subjects: (1) nature, scope and limitations of plastic surgical intervention; (2) results of clinical and laboratory research—general principles; (3) plastic operations on the face; (4) plastic operations on the nose;
ROBERT H. IVY, HENRY A. MILLER. PLASTIC SURGERY, 1939. Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(1):159–176. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020160008