Archives illustrate WWI's role in history of plastic surgery

12/29/2011 | BBC

Disfiguring facial injuries of soldiers in World War I led surgeons to attempt novel procedures, leading to the modern field of plastic surgery, says Dr. Andrew Bamji, former curator of the Gillies Archives. Dr. Harold Gillies set up a team of surgeons, nurses and artists at a hospital in southeast London to repair devastating war injuries. The Gillies collection will go on display at the Hunterian Museum in central London.

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