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By David Tolhurst

ISBN-10: 3319195387

ISBN-13: 9783319195384

ISBN-10: 3319195395

ISBN-13: 9783319195391

This ebook is a suite of brief debts of the lives and works of surgeons who started to use recommendations within the 19th and 20th centuries that have been to shape the foundation of reconstructive and plastic surgery and provides upward push to the strong point of cosmetic surgery. Descriptions of the complicated and novel surgical operations undertaken by means of those pioneers are incorporated, however the emphasis is exceptionally on tales of commonly various and engaging characters, from the unusual or eccentric, resembling Hippolyte Morestin, to the intense or formidable and some, equivalent to the Dutchman Johannes Esser and the mythical Sir Howard Gillies, who have been finished in different fields, together with enterprise, activity and paintings. it really is similar how the 2 global Wars performed a key function within the improvement of latest options and the way the endeavors of the pioneers have been occasionally rejected by way of obstructive or abusive colleagues, impacting on careers and reputations. Pioneers in cosmetic surgery will entice all with an curiosity within the historical past of the self-discipline and the figures who formed its beginning and growth.

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In Halsted’s mind, there was no need for such a work, and he advised Davis not to embark on the project as there would be no use for the book. Nevertheless, Davis decided to proceed with the book which was well illustrated with photographs and drawings made by his wife. It was published in 1919, and although he sent complimentary copies to a number of colleagues, only Halsted, Williams and Welsh reputedly failed to acknowledge Davis’ kind gesture. Such boorish behaviour in three eminent medical figures must be attributed in some degree to professional jealousy or fear.

He had long, slender fingers, but it is not the shape of one’s fingers but the way in which they are used that makes for skilful surgery. McIndoe’s fingers were likened to sausages but he was a very deft craftsman! Duhamel who worked with Morestin described the ‘extreme elegance of his surgery’ which however could suddenly become wild and ferocious. He was of average height, slim and frail and walked with a slow and slight stoop. Photographs of him reveal his dark, short cropped hair, a pointed goatee beard and full moustache as well as dark and piercing eyes.

By his own account, Davis limited his practice to plastic surgery from 1909 onwards. This may perhaps have differed somewhat from today’s idea of what constituted the work of a plastic surgeon. But, if the contents of Staige Davis’ book are anything to go by, there seems to be a close similarity between the causes and types Surgical Career 49 of the many problems which we now treat, and on which he wrote. Not all would agree with the treatment he outlined, but more than 100 years have passed since his book appeared, and it is only natural that experience and research should have resulted in improvement.

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