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A Timeline of Plastic Surgery

Where did the name ‘plastic’ surgery come from? It is probable that the first use of the term was by the German von Graefe in his book Rhinoplastik published in 1818. The intention was to describe the moulding of tissue...

Perceptions and Deceptions a personal blog by the editor 8 Apr 2016

I want to post a question on the FB Group supporting the Junior Doctors over their David and Goliath fight with a juggernaut of blind, self-deceiving or just ignorant, elected members of Parliament. I should say that I am not...

IN RESPONSE TO: Plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine - specialties and specialists

I read with great interest the article ‘Plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine: specialties and specialists’ by Professor Andrew Burd published in the Feb/Mar issue of PMFA News. Prof Burd brings up many valid points about the specialty of plastic surgery...

The role of angiogenesis in wound healing, scarring and tissue regeneration

In the UK alone there are 175,000 people who visit Accident & Emergency departments with burns each year. This results in around 13,000 hospital admissions, of which 1000 are due to severe burns [1]. Over half of these admissions are...

Sir Archibald McIndoe and the Guinea Pig Club

The early life of Sir Archibald McIndoe Archibald Hector McIndoe was born in Dunedin, New Zealand on 4th May, 1900. His father John was a printer and mother Mabel an artist. He was the second eldest child of four children....

OPINION – Cosmetic surgery: a difficult reality with a simple solution

On 1 September 2022, an Independent Review released its long-awaited Report into Cosmetic Surgery in Australia [1]. Its key recommendation reflected the sentiment of our new, peer-reviewed, paper in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery entitled ‘Cosmetic Surgery Regulation in...

Comparison of petrolatum gel with silver sulfadiazine dressings in small superficial burns

This was a randomised controlled trial set up in a single burns centre in Manila in the Philippines. Inclusion criteria were superficial burns not requiring skin grafting, and up to 10% total body surface area in young, fit adults between...

Non-intentional burns in children

This is an interesting epidemiological study on the incidence and relevant factors in paediatric burns. There is some very good data, well presented and analysed well. This study would be well placed in with Switzerland’s public health setting to help...

Lumenis Cares Summer Dinner - in aid of Children's Burns Trust

Lumenis have announced that they will be hosting a Summer fundraising dinner in support of Children’s Burns Trust.

Contrasting contemporary plastic surgery training with that in the late 20th century: ‘thirteen years a slave’

The Past Was I a slave? Absolutely not. I loved every minute of my training. I had the choice of career pathway as a young surgeon, but I was hypnotised by enthusiasm and a desire to help people with major...

Modified reversed superficial peroneal artery flap in reconstruction of ankle and foot defects following severe burns

Deep burns involving the foot and ankle represent a significant reconstructive challenge. This paper serves as a clinical review of the modified reversed superficial artery flap. The authors describe key anatomy, surgical steps and clinical outcomes in a small series....

Globe trotter: Vasant Oswal launches memoir

Vasant Oswal was brought up in an era when public transport in India relied on horses. From humble beginnings in Pune in the western state of Maharashtra, he went on to become a pioneer in laser surgery in the larynx. He would also receive a Fellowship by Election at the Royal College of Surgeons, not to mention serving as Editor in Chief of ENT and Audiology News.