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May 1937

REPAIR OF FACIAL DEFECTS: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE SOURCE OF SKIN GRAFTS

Arch Surg. 1937;34(5):897-908. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1937.01190110140008
Abstract

The repair of a defect on an exposed part of the body, such as the face or neck, presents certain special problems. No matter where a raw surface occurs, it should be covered promptly in order to expedite healing, restore comfort and reestablish proper function. If it is on an exposed area, the added factor of appearance must be considered.

It is not the purpose of this communication to describe the technic involved in obtaining and applying different types of grafts and flaps but to consider their respective suitability for the repair of various defects of the face and neck. The possibilities of deformity in these regions are so vast and varied, owing to a wide range of congenital, traumatic and surgical causes, that to a certain extent each case must be considered an individual problem. Several accepted procedures may suggest themselves for the repair of a given defect, and

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